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Michael Hurson (b. 1942, Chicago, IL, d. 2007, New York) exhibited with the gallery from the 1970s until his untimely death. Regarded as an “artist’s artist,” Hurson used his considerable gift for figurative drawing and his wit and humor to create works that seemed aimed at deflating the seriousness with which much painting was imbued up to that time. His drawings, paintings, sculptures and texts constantly mirrored his personal life, as he painted and drew the people and objects around him. Hurson’s work was the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1973) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1974), and he was featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1978 “New Image Painting” exhibition, which presciently identified a mode of representational painting that was informed by the spatial and expressive concerns of abstraction. Hurson’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Two posthumous exhibitions have helped to provide a retrospective look at his oeuvre: “Remembering Michael Hurson – Paintings and Works on Paper,” at the Fisher Landau Center for Art (2007), and “Michael Hurson” at the PARC Foundation (2008).