Monk's recent, intimate portrait is an interesting contrast to McLaughlin's abstract minimalism (and no, he is not the guitarist or the angry television news host). McLaughlin was an interesting man beyond his art. He served in both World Wars and was fluent in Japanese. The LA Times had an interesting blog piece on him HERE.
And let us not forget Adams' piece that flirts with surrealism in its presentation of a room askew but also with realism in its depiction of figures. There is also an almost classic feel (in one sense but certainly not in the modern subject matter). This piece, and the artist's pieces in general have this fantastic light about them. See more HERE.