On View presents images from noteworthy exhibitions
 

THE TITLE of Chase Hall‘s new solo exhibition, “Half Note,” references both the improvisation of jazz and biracial identity. He explores both in a new series of portraits on view at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. One of the paintings is named for a famous impromptu jazz session at the Open Door, a New York City jazz club in the West Village. It was a Sunday evening, Sept. 13, 1953. Billed as the Thelonious Monk Trio, featuring Monk, Charles Mingus, and Roy Haynes, the performance turned into an epic event when Charlie Parker sat in with the group. The occasion was photographed by Bob Parent (an image declared one of the greatest in jazz) and replicated by the artist, sans Parker. Hall splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. CT

 

“Chase Hall: Half Note” is on view at Monique Meloche in Chicago, July 11 – Aug. 22, 2020

FIND MORE about the exhibition, a tandem presentation with “February James: We Laugh Loud So The Spirits Can Hear”

 


CHASE HALL, “The Open Door, September 13th 1953,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm). | Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


Installation view of “Chase Hall: Half Note,” Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (July 11-Aug. 22, 2020). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


CHASE HALL, “Lucy in the Crowd,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas, 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


CHASE HALL, “Like The Back of My Hand,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas10 x 10 inches / 25.4 x 25.4 cm). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


Installation view of “Chase Hall: Half Note,” Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (July 11-Aug. 22, 2020). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


CHASE HALL, “Eric Dolphy,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


CHASE HALL, “Hats Off,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas, 12 x 12 inches / 30.5 x 30.5 cm). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


CHASE HALL, “Beneath the Underdog,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas, 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


Installation view of “Chase Hall: Half Note,” Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (July 11-Aug. 22, 2020). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 


CHASE HALL, “O’Hare,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas18 x 24 inches / 45.7 x 61 cm). | Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

 

TOP IMAGE: CHASE HALL, “In Red Playing Blues,” 2020 (acrylic and coffee on cotton
canvas, 40 x 40 inches / 101.6 x 101.6 cm). | Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche gallery

 

BOOKSHELF
Many biographies examine the lives of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, including “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker” by Stanley Crouch, “Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker” by Gary Giddins, and “Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original” by Robin Kelley. “Charlie Parker Played Be Bop” is an illustrated children’s book.

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