ISSUE 44  |  Miss Havisham

Duncan Hannah at Modernism in San Francisco

October 31, 2012 9:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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.