Sep 10th 2022


@ Rare Nest Gallery

3433 N Kedvale Ave, Chicago IL 60641

Opening Saturday, September 10th, from 5PM - 9PM

On view through Tuesday, November 15th

Please join Rare Nest Gallery for the exhibition HAUPTSCHEIN / SEGEDIN: SELF PORTRAITS.

Reception with the artists : Saturday 9/10, 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Space is limited. Please Reserve or 708-616-8671

How do artists portray themselves? If you’re Rembrandt, who completed close to one-hundred self portraits in oil, etching and ink, you capture the pathos of complex inner life – from callow young man to worn-out master / disaster. If you’re Cindy Sherman, you disguise yourself in order to reveal fragments of the private self.

Self Portraits by David Hauptschein and Leo Segedin

Both artists have engaged in explorations of self-representation that combine introspection and extraversion. Both artists incorporate elements or themes of aging, vision, ableness and a fear of invisibility. What can we learn from their perspectives? Hauptschein (71) and Segedin (95) overcome challenges with their vision. Segedin was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration over a decade ago. Hauptschein developed an undiagnosed eye ailment. The enduring impulse to create is evident in this exhibition. The show will be accompanied by complementary events including visits to the artists’ studios.

David Hauptschein

David Hauptschein (1951, Philadelphia) is a Chicago-based artist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has published three volumes of his pictures: The Unreality Show (2021), Altered Ego: Self Portraits (2020), and The Mask Behind the Mask (2017). He has also published two collections of his plays, An Alchemy of Flesh and Other Plays (2021) and When the Walls Have Ears and Other Plays (2020). In 2020, Hauptschein’s screenplay for Country of Hotels, was adapted into a feature length film directed by Julio Maria Martino.

Leo Segedin

Leopold Segedin (Chicago, 1927) received his BFA (1948) and MFA (1950) from the University of Illinois. He has taught at the University of Illinois, U.S. Army Engineers, and at Northeastern Illinois University (1955-87). He is Art Professor Emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University. He retired from teaching in 1987. Mr. Segedin has been an exhibiting artist since 1947, his works having been shown at museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Milwaukee Art Institute. He has had a number of solo shows and has won awards at several museums including the Art Institute.

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