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Fifty years ago NATO was born, Death of a Salesman was a Broadway hit, and Jackson Pollock's dribs and drabs showed up in the pages of Life, marking a major shift in the art world and acknowledging a new dominant school in American art--abstract expressionism. Reflecting on the year of his birth, art dealer Thomas McCormick has organized "1949," a show of paintings, sculpture, and other work from that year by Franz Kline, Nathan Lerner, Seymour Rosofsky, Miyoko Ito, and others. The image shown here was created by Pollock as an advertisement in the Partisan Review for a suburban housing development. An opening reception will be held tonight from 6 to 10 at TBA Exhibition Space, 230 W. Huron (312-587-3300); admission is free. The show runs through August 28.

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