ISSUE 44  |  Miss Havisham

Duncan Hannah at Modernism in San Francisco

October 31, 2012 9:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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Thursday evening, November 1st, we'll be celebrating NYC painter Duncan Hannah's new show, "The Infatuationist," at Modernism in San Francisco. Will we see you there?

We've admired Hannah's work for a while now (see A Painter at Home: Duncan Hannah in New York). Hannah lives much of his life in the past, riveted by the possibilities of exploring a vanished world—an imagined England, perhaps, recovering from the First World War and not yet able to comprehend a Second. His work captures that moment of possibility that occurs just as a good story gets underway: the ship setting sail, sunlight gleaming on a roadster's fender, the girl who waits for you in a doorway. See more of his work at Duncan Hannah.

Modernism is located at 685 Market Street; Suite 290; SF 94105; the telephone number is (415) 541-0461. The opening reception starts at 5 pm and goes until 8:30 pm.

Above: Hannah at home in NYC; photograph by Michael Mundy of An Afternoon With…

Above: A montage of Hannah's paintings. "I have a large collection of classic Penguin paperbacks, and they're so beautiful," he says. "I paint them with all their distressed-ness, and dog ears and rips. I must have done 80 or 90, and I started making some up, like Cautionary Tales by Duncan Hannah, a book I was going to write about my life and times. I only got so far as the cover." Photograph by Michael Mundy of An Afternoon With…

Above: "By the Sea," 2010. Oil on canvas; 14 by 18 inches; for information, contact Modernism.