The Renaissance Society has a committment to the Chicago art community to give a one-person exhibition each year to honor an outstanding local artist. In recent years such exhibitions have featured Miyoko Ito, Dan Ramirez, and Ed Paschke. In 1984 the Society is continuing this tradition with an exhibition of the watercolors of Chicago artist Robert Lostutter. Lostutter enjoys a unique position in the Chicago art community, in which both his accomplishments and his independent vision are highly valued. His work is linked to that of his Imagist peers in both common sources of imagery and the rigorous control of technique. Yet his work is set apart by its intensity and the very thoroughness of his explorations. Surrealist inspirations devolve on potent icons and psychodramas. The human figure, at the center of his work, undergoes transmutation, masking, and ingrafting with plant, fish, and bird forms that render the human image transfigured—at once elevated in a paradisial beauty and immeshed in earthly voluptuousness. The exhibition will consist of over two hundred watercolors, spanning the artist’s career.