The Hairy Who and Imagist Legacy at Art Chicago

May 4, 2009 · Print This Article

“Harry who?”

While a lot of the art featured in the booths on the 12th floor of Art Chicago wasn’t really my cup of tea, I did like all of the special exhibition projects, especially Lynn Warren’s side-by-side presentations of “The Hairy Who and Imagist Legacy in Contemporary Art” and “The Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists.” These small-scale exhibitions were extremely well executed — curated at just the right size to capture the momentary attention span of passing fair-goers, and providing just the right amount of information for those who are unfamiliar with this generative period in Chicago’s art history. Hopefully, visitors to the city who saw the show will be encouraged to seek out more while they’re in town (two places to start: Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery, which has a strong focus on Chicago painting and works on paper, and Russell Bowman Fine Art, which has a Roger Brown exhibition up through May 16th ). Below, a few pics from Warren’s Art Chicago shows:

Images From “The Hairy Who and Imagist Legacy in Contemporary Art” at Art Chicago:

Bernard Williams, Self-Similarity Set #2, 2008

Bernard Williams, Self-Similarity Set #2, 2008

Katherine Kuharic, Four Pounds or More, 2008

Katherine Kuharic, Four Pounds or More, 2008

Carlos Betancourt, Recollections, 2008

Carlos Betancourt, Recollections, 2008

Natalia Arias, Untitled 2008

Natalia Arias, Untitled 2008

Thomas Woodruff, Sun Study #4, 2008

Thomas Woodruff, Sun Study #4, 2008

Images From “The Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists”at Art Chicago:

Art Green, Common Knowledge, 1985

Art Green, Common Knowledge, 1985

Karl Wirsum Untitled (Cardboard Puppet), 1973

Karl Wirsum Untitled (Cardboard Puppet), 1973

Barbara Rossi, Lady Waiting for Dinner, 1983

Barbara Rossi, Lady Waiting for Dinner, 1983

Ed Paschke, Untitled (Stripper), 1973

Ed Paschke, Untitled (Stripper), 1973

The exhibition is located on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart, I’m pretty sure it’s next to the MCA Bookstore display.

3 Responses to “The Hairy Who and Imagist Legacy at Art Chicago”

  1. Well, at least the writer had the good sense this time out, to spare us the institutionally derived art-speak/Roland Barthes quotes/ “not paintings bitch” -style silliness -all in all, excellent omissions -particularly, given Lynne Warren’s low tolerance for such tired nonsense-

  2. Claudine Ise Says:

    Thank you, I guess, for taking the time to comment. At least you didn’t just rehash quotes from your own website. And I don’t care much whether or not I please Lynn Warren with my lack of ‘institutionally derived art-speak,’ or you either for that matter.

  3. Oh, you care, or you wouldn’t respond.

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