Museum of Contemporary Art. Catalog for exhibition "Donald Sultan" organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1987. Soft cover, 112 pp. Foreword by I. Michael Danoff, essays by Ian Dunlop and Lynne Warren. Includes 30 full color (unless original was b&w) plates. Also includes biography and list of exhibitions, and selected bibliography. [Excerpt from foreword]. Donald Sultan's generation of artists grew up when geometric abstraction was the dominant style. This inheritance is faintly echoed in Sultan's paintings by the underlying gridwork provided by the tiles and by the sense of flatness resulting from the silhouetting of shapes and the materiality of the tarred surface. What is important in Sultan's work is how he found his own way to move beyond the dominant aesthetic with which he grew up. This he did, and continues to do, through a refreshing amalgam of sources as disparate as Baroque and Impressionist painting. Abstract Expressionism, and geometric abstraction. His repertory of images ranges from those as traditional as still life to others as specifically American as a “rust belt" cityscape. Also distinctive are sharp figure/ ground contrasts; the exquisitely wrought silhouetted shapes, whether or not they portray immediately recognizable objects, often contrast boldly with an atmospheric envelope. The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present in this exhibition and book the first indepth look at these remarkable paintings and drawings.