Ivan Albright and The Art Institute of Chicago are in the tenth decade of a profound dialogue. This was the first fine-arts museum he experienced, he wandered its European and American galleries as a child. Here he had his initial exposure to the avant-garde when the institution hosted the Armory Show in 1913, and here he absorbed the technical, stylistic, and spiritual lessons its collections and exhibitions provided an aspiring, young artist. Nearly fourteen years after his death, this book is an opportunity to reassess the accomplishments of an artist whose unique and unrelenting vision has led some to consider him as regional and idiosyncratic. Indeed, his philosophic and aesthetic meditations on the conundrums of human existence must be understood not just as those of a Chicagoan, a midwesterner, or an American, but above all as a cosmopolitan and passionate citizen of the world.