Forum Gallery (New York/Beverly Hills) showed work by John Biggers, Ivan Le Lorraine Albright and Gregory Gillespie at Expo Chicago 2016.
Biggers was a African-American artist who came out of the Harlem Renaissance. He frequently worked in murals and was influenced by the great Mexican muralists who flourished in the 1930s and 40s. He grew up in North Carolina and, eventually, studied at Pennsylvania State University earning a pHd in 1954. Find out more about him at the Smithsonian American Art Museum website. It is odd no website is dedicated to him, his art and his legacy.
Lorraine Albright was a Magical Realist painter known for his self-portraits. Chicago residents may be familiar with his Picture of Dorian Grey painting at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. Magic Realism painters created works that depict realistic people and places but add to them an air of, well, magic (hence the name). He was from New York State but studied at Northwestern University.
Gillespie is another Magical Realist. In Landscape With Cart, below you can see hints (maybe) of Marc Chagall. He was from New Jersey and attended both Coopers Union and the San Francisco Art Institute. He noted of his own work that he sought something beyond realism, beyond our senses. His obituary in the New York Times is a good place to learn about his work and his tragic death.