Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and other Events
- 1 - Frank & Lydia's Italiaanse IJssalon - “Bert Menco”, (small ongoing display), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- 2 - Boston Printmakers - “Boston Printmakers Traveling Flat File”. Saturday, September 21, 2019: Printing Arts Fair, The Museum of Printing, Haverhill MA; Wednesday, April 1 - Saturday, April 4, 2020: SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- 3 - Lessedra Art Gallery - “18th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Mini Print 2019”, Sofia, Bulgaria (image). Wednesday, June 19 - Monday, September 30, 2019 (received a special award).
- 4 - Douro area, Portugal: Alijó Swimming Pool and Municipal Theater, Vila Real - “4th Global Print 2019” (curated by Nuno Canelas, images 1, 2 (overview) (Alijó), 3 and 4 (overview) (Vila Real)). Thursday, August 1 - Monday, September 30, 2019.
- 5 - North Shore Art League - “95th Annual Benefit & Members'Art Show” (image), Winnetka, IL. Friday, September 6 - Saturday, September 28, 2019, daily 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Opening + benefit: Friday, September 6, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
- 6 - Institutul Cultural Român la Budapesta, Budapest, Hungary, Muzeul Naþional de Artã al Moldovei, Chișinău, Moldova, and Cluj Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania - “Holocaust” (curated by Ovidiu Petca, 20 artists; image). Budapest: Tuesday, October 8 - Monday, November 11, 2019; Chișinău: Wednesday, February 5 - Sunday, March 1, 2020; Cluj-Napoca: Wednesday, May 20 - Sunday, June 7, 2020.
- 7 -- Chicago Printmakers' Collaborative (CPC) - “30th Annual Small Print Show and Holiday Open House” (invited by Deborah Mares-Lader), Chicago, IL. Opening: Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, 2019. Further details follow.
- 8 - Firecat Projects - “Inspired - Transpired - Expired” (One Inspired Evening 2018, one-person award exhibition; image), Chicago, IL. Friday, December 27, 2019 - Monday, January 27, 2020. Opening: Friday, December 27, 2019, 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Possible gallery talk: January, 2020.
- 9 - Gallery of the North Suburban Synagogue Beth El - “From Persecution and Slavery to Liberation” (invited by Lilach Schrag, with Gabriella Boros and Molly Schiff, images 1 & 2 (detail)), Highland Park, IL. January -March, 2020. Further detail follow.
- 10 - Space 900 - “Ceramic Impressions, etc.”, two-person pop-up show with Mariko Ventura. 816 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL. Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2, 2020. Reception: Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
- 11 - Alijó, Portugal - “10th International Printmaking Biennial Douro 2020” (curated by Nuno Canelas, image). Wednesday, August 19- Saturday, October 31, 2020. Further details follow.
- 12 - “Absence and Presence: A Printmaking Response to the Bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street” (invited by Denise Brady, Paula Wallace after an initiative by Beau Beausoleil, image; one set inccluded in the Baghdad Public Library, Baghdad, Iraq).
Interviews and Blogs
Available Books, Magazines, and Objects
- “Visions and Voices” - 36 images, text: Bernd Lindemann, foreword: Audrey Niffenegger; invoco-verlag, Homburg, Germany, ISBN 978-938165-03-4: $29.97; in German & English, ISBN 978-3-938165-09-6, 2006, € 28.--
- “Dragon Killer”- illustrations for a text by Bernd Lindemann, invoco-verlag, Homburg, Germany, ISBN 978-3-938165-06-5, $12.77; in German, English & French with two additional illustrators, ISBN 978-3-938165-05-8, 2006, € 16.20
- “Art Scene Chicago, 2000” - Crow Woods Publishing, Evanston, IL, ISBN 0-9665871-7-0, 2000, $34.95
- “The Best of Printmaking”, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA, ISBN 12: 9781564963710/ISBN 10: 1564863713, 1997, antiquarian availability, about $10 - $35
Featuring Bert's Artwork and Art Involvement
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3 | Link 4 | Link 5 - Anatomically Correct
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3 | Link 4 - Artscope
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- Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3 | Link 4 | Link 5 - Chicago Printmakers' Collaborative (CPC
- Earlier versions of this site
- Northwestern University Web Archives
- Netherlands Institute for Art History
- China Guanlan Original Printmaking Base - also Lingshi catalogue
- Bienal Douro (Portugal) - featured artist, artist page
- Woman Made Gallery (also 1, 2 and 3)
- Printworks Gallery - important former Chicago gallery (also here)
- Ragdale Foundation - Bert's Ragdale page
- Stedelijk Museum Sint-Niklaas (page. 41) - Belgium
- Splitgraphic: International Graphic Art Biennial Split (Croatia) - click for high resolution images
- Bert's Facebook Page - also 1, 2 and 3
- Saatchi Gallery
- Culture Inside
- Illinois Artists' List
- Artworldchicago - Bert's page (also 1)
- Red and Gold Gallery, Seattle, WA
- Evanston Art Center
- Oxalá Fine Art - see also 1
- Heartland Foundation - Art Against AIDS/Art of Human Rights benefits (also 1)
- Gravatar logo
- Fractured Atlas - arts advocacy
- Block Museum, Evanston, IL - “Exquisite Snake”
- The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
- Chicago Artist Archives
- On Exhibit: Bert Menco's Second-Generation Nightmares - Chicago Reader
- Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, Daydreams & Night Dreams, Podcasts on the painting “Senses” and the etching “Extinct”
- Artdaily - refers to the exhibition above
- Museum Rotterdam
- Ryerson & Burnham Libraries Art Institute of Chicago
- Autour de l'Art Juif - pages 175 & 176
- The Ties that Bind (also 1) - on-line article by Judith Joseph
- Friedberg, Rubin & Associates Art Consulting
- Other Voices - covers issues 31 and 37
- International Society of Artists - advocacy (signed on)
- Artists Respond - initiated this benefit
- Lowlands - Peter Thompson: film about Vermeer
Favorite Artists and Galleries Additional to Those Listed in the Stephanie Hayden Interview
- Heather Accurso - delicate surreal drawings
- Montserrat Alsina - spiritual works (also Colibri Studio & Gallery)
- Arnhem aan Zee - art(ist)s in and around Arnhem
- Artodyssey - a blog listing many interesting artists
- Corrado Balest - Venetian arcadian artist
- Susan Barron - visual poetry
- Bohemian art - exhaustive selection
- Michelle Browne - organic prints using fiber
- Deborah Bryan - etchings of birds and more
- Pamela Callahan & John Walté - two fine Wisconsin artists
- Eddie Campbell - comics and more great comics
- Kass Copeland - imaginative collages
- Jeanine Coupe-Ryding - a wonderful printmaker
- Sean Culver - intricate cosntructions, Daguerreotypes, etc.
- Greta Cune - Dutch, and beyond
- Susan Curry - very fine porcelain teapots, etc.
- Andrea Deszö - artist books, one of a kind, etc.
- David Driesbach - whimsical intaglio
- Emil Ferris, Michael Ferris, and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris - a family of very talented artists
- Curt Frankenstein - a very special artist and person
- Bill Frederick - masterful drawings; see also 1
- Indira Freitas-Johnson - contemplative meditation
- Galerie Art - fine Czech prints
- Esperanza Gama - Mezo-American
- David Gista - haunted and inspirational
- Leslie Golomb - the complex technique of photogravure
- Michael Goro - masterful etchings
- Andries Gouws - uncomfortable realism
- Dan Grzeka - cool prints and printmaker links
- Susan Hall - dreams and dreaming
- Richard Halstead - Richard, the “best” for portraits
- Barbara Hannigan - an amazingly versatile singer/performer
Hill & Pablo Perea - selfs and friends
- Joseph Hirsch - an incredible set of maps
- Tom Huck - wood- and linocuts, rural US
- Yumiko Irei - refined intaglios, nature
- Japanese Ukiyo-e prints - exhaustive
- Akiyama Kanako - great narrative art
- Hashimoto Kansetsu - wonderful Japanese artist, wonderful Kyoto garden
- Karena Karras - surrealism, Mexican tradition
- William Kentridge - more: 1 | 2
- Jissy Keuenhof - multifaceted sculptures and prints
- Sohee Kim - very playful and complex prints
- Juul Kraijer and AjiVN -dreams of selfs and alter-egos
- Lyubomir Krastev - uneasy realism, mostly etchings
- Ruttiporn Leepanuwong - a very talented Thai printmaker
Livshultz - and his father Chaim
- Guerrino Lovato - amazing masks, Venice
- Amy Madden - drawings
- Danny Mansmith - very creative fiber art
- Craig McPherson - see especially his mezzotints
- Ann Meade - Neill Sanders' (2nd cousin) wife
- Daniel Menco - Menco's Mix, Bert's nephew
- Emma Menco - Bert's niece: winning photograph
- Ido Menco - Bert's brother's photography
- Joshua Menco - Bert's filmmaker nephew
- Barbara (paintings) and Ben Mittman (photographs) - 20th century icons and Paris, among others
- Sonya Montenegro - tender, whimsical
- Jackie Moses - surreal houses and landscapes
- Anne Muller - suspended emotions
- Miriam Nerlove - wonderful watercolor illustrations
- Peter Olson - birds, birds, birds
- Teresa Pankratz - printed bookhouses, also 1
- Karen Perl - Chicago painted in silence
- Sandra Perlow - abstracted biology and landscape
- Chaja Polak - personal and sober narratives
- Marilyn Propp/David Jones - great artist couple
Rego - surreal fantasies
- Hella Rottenberg - investigative journalist/essayist, Eastern Europe specialty (e.g.,Window on Russia)
- Jay Ryan - silkscreen master
- Lique Schoot - intimate self-portraits
- Don Seiden - animal sculptures
- Peter Sis - picture books full of mystery
- David Small -author/illustrator, e.g., of Stitches
- Diana Solís - inventive, playful
- Sue Sommers - Nature, foremost
- Michelle Stone - sculptural and sculptures
Svankmajer - the ultimate surrealist
- Blair Thomas - a very inventive puppeteer
- Bruce Thorn - nearly abstract
- Lika Tov - Bible-inspired collagraphs
- Jirí Trnka, “The Hand” - ultimate animation
- Mariko Ventura - ascetic ceramics
- Marlaine Verhelst - dolls, puppets...or sculptures?
- Chris Ware - Chicago's amazing graphic novel author/artist
- US Galleries, Art Fairs, etc.
- Chicago - see Cultural Center and its Exhibitions
- The Visualist - a comprehensive Chicago visual arts calendar
- Chicago Art District
- Chicago Gallery News
- Artists of Chicago
- Chicago Artists' Coalition
- Chicago Artists' Resource
- New Art Examiner, New Art Gazette - two Chicago-based art magazines with a shared origin
- Clef Notes journal - Chicago art magazine
- Gapers Block - Chicago on line art magazine
- Art Letter - Paul Klein's mostly Chicago art notes
- Evanston Print & Paper, Evanston Art Center, North Shore Art League, Lill Street, The Art Center Highland Park, Spudnik Press, Hoofprint Workshop - Chicagoland printmaking facilities not listed elsewhere on this site
- Chicago Printer's Guild - a Chicago Printmaker's resource
- Prints America - large collection of American prints, housed in Evanston
- Nederlandse Vereniging voor Grafiek - Dutch Organization for the Graphic Arts
- Aga Lab - major printmaking studio Amsterdam
- Nobilis Foundation - an important print depository in The Netherlands
- China Printmaking Museum - a museum uniquely devoted to the printmaking arts
- Edward Lyons, Charbonnel, Graphic Chemical, Takach, Polymetaal - major printmaking materials' suppliers
- Evanston Art Links
- Transit, Ragdale - more Chicago-area artist' venues/resources/residency
- Triennial Cracow - listing international print shows
- Call for Entry, Art Deadlines List - submission opportunities
- International Print Center, New York
- Journal of the Print World, Printmaking Today, Art in Print - magazines specialized in works on paper
- The Drawing Center, New York
- Morgan Library and Museum, New York - among others The Hours of Catherine of Cleves
- Europeana - digitized European art collections
- Codart - Dutch and Flemish art, worldwide
- Lukas - art in Flanders
- DBNL - Dutch cultural history and literature
- Kunst, Dutch Culture - good Dutch art news
- Kunstschrift, Museumtijdschrift, Vind Magazine - some very good Dutch art magazines, Kunstschrift being the oldest and always covering a single topic
- Dutch Royal Library - exhaustive
- Vereniging Rembrandt -Dutch art collections' fund
- Tefaf, Pan, Realisme - important art fairs in The Netherlands
- Gary Schwartz - art news from The Netherlands
- Google Art Project - museums worldwide, high resolution imagery
- Artdaily, Art Newspaper, Apollo Magazine, Blouin Art Info
- E-Art Now, One Arty Minute - more art news
- Neotericart and Artcritical - insightful art reviews (e.g., by Diane Thodos)
- Art schools - a resource
- Art Thefts, Art Security, Marns (legal art theft deposition) and Art Loss
- Resartis, Alliance of Artists Communities, Rate my Artist Resicdency - artist residency resources
- Holocaust Stolen Art List & Lost/stolen art Germany and The Netherlands
- YIVO Archives - Jewish life and culture
- Jewish Art Salon - international Jewish artists
- Art Conservation Issues
- Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE)
- Arts Action Fund, Arts Alliance Illinois and Lawyers for the Creative Arts- arts' advocacies
- Icoonic House & Artists Studios, Dezeen - architecture, etc.
- Harley Clarke Mansion, Evanston, IL - one such mansion
- Oriental Architecture
- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Mazza Museum & Rosenbach Library - children books; the third one contains works of Maurice Sendak
- Brut Museum - Lausanne, Switzerland
- Museum of the Jewish People
- Savitsky Collection - Karakalpak Museum, Nukus, Uzbekistan
- Lambiek and Griffioen Grafiek - great Dutch comic-book sites
- Doll and Puppet Art, Puppet Theaters
- Poses -helpful drawing/painting site
- The Rembrandt tutorials - learning from the master in his (simulated) voice
- Philobiblon - book-arts site
Here - site as art; fun to explore
Family Background, etc.
- Parents- thanks to Tom Verwaijen
- Menco (also 1 and the Jewish Monument in Winterswijk, which includes the names of family members) and Hakkert (mother's maiden name; Memorial de la Shoah and 1, (Paris, France) and Sijtwende Monument in Voorburg/Leidschendam, which includes the names of family members).
- Ida Menco-Stern and Salomon Menco - paternal grandparents.
- War account Adolf Menco, Bert's father, in which he describes his flight to Switzerland.
- Hommelstraat, Arnhem - my father's butcher store before and after the war.
- War time accounts Helena, Erna, Mourits and Leonard Menco and families - sisters and brothers of Bert's father.
- War account Mozes (Max) Richard Hakkert, Bert's maternal grandfather, describing, among others, the bombing of Rotterdam, May 1940.
- Hakkert Musical Instruments, Hakkert Violin Builders, & String Factory - contains Max Hakkert's art, as well as many references to Max's and Jacques' role in the cultural history of pre-war Rotterdam (thanks to Albert Rottier). See also 1 and 2.
- A moving account by Divine and Frank Crappé on Max Hakkert and family, especially as followed through sheet music.
- Hakkert in Museum Rotterdam
- Loods 24, Rotterdam.
- Violins of Hope - honoring, among others Bert's great-uncle, violin builder Jacob (Jacques) Wolfgang Hakkert (also 1).
- Sanders - maternal grandmother (thanks to Tom Verwaijen)
- Dutch Jewish Monument