(photo - headshot)
The aroma of the Wonder
Bread factory has been blanket-
ing the area around Grand River
and the Lodge freeway for eight-
een long years now. And that
slice of Detroit wouldn't be the
same without Jerry Cohen's AAA
Gallery and Frame Shop (2805
Grand River), where good stuff
is usually on display and a pool
table is set up in the corner just
in case the art gets a little foggy
and you need a break.
This time around, for the Sam
Karres exhibit (showing through
Oct. 30), the table stays covered.
Karres does oil paint-
(text positioned to fit space)
some incredible etchings that run
from postage stamp fantasy to
whip-face portraits of ladies
straight out of T. Lautrec.
Some portraits look like cent-
rifugally-exploded jars of paint
that were barely contained
on the canvas.
But I keep going back to the
little prints - a bunch are stacked
in a box- that seem to have an
homogenous fury in every detail.
Lips and chins are tough and wise.
A mouth smiles with a fine line
Karres is a Detroiter who got
his training at Wayne State during
the golden 50's. It's good to see
him hanging downtown and not
in the burbs.
As for Jerry Cohen, he's got a
lot of staying power and he runs
his gallery with gusto, unlike
those places which seem to appro-
ximate funeral parlors in sight