How Chicago! Imagists 1960s and 70s at Goldsmiths CCA, London, UK
March 15 - May 26, 2019
Karl Wirsum will be included in How Chicago! Imagists 1960s and 70s at Goldsmiths CCA in London, United Kingdom. This will be the first significant exhibition in the UK in almost 40 years of works by the Chicago Imagists. The exhibition will travel to De La Warr Pavilion in June 2019.
New to Mia: Art from Chicago at Minneapolis Institute of Art, MI
August 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019
We are pleased to announce that works by Karl Wirsum are included in New to Mia: Art from Chicago at Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MI. The exhibition is on view until January 6, 2019 and includes a broad range of art by artists who call Chicago home.
For more information, please visit www.artsmia.org
"Infinite Spaces: Rediscovering PAFA's Permanent Collection" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
July 1 - September 9, 2018
We are pleased to announce that works by Karl Wirsum will be featured in Infinite Spaces: Rediscovering PAFA's Permanent Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. On view from July 1 to September 9, 2018, the exhibition is co-curated by Laurel McLaughlin, Natalia Angeles Vieyra, and Mechella Yezernitskaya, and will feature new acquisitions and other permanent collection works.
For more information about the exhibiton, please visit www.pafa.org.
Hairy Who? 1966-1969 at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
September 27, 2018 - January 6, 2019
We are pleased to announce the work of Karl Wirsum will be included in the upcoming exhibition Hairy Who? 1966-1969 at The Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition will be on view from September 27, 2018 through January 13, 2019.
For more information about the exhibiton, please visit www.artic.edu.
Famous Artists from Chicago. 1965 - 1975, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
October 20, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Karl Wirsum will be included in the exhibition Famous Artists from Chicago, 1965 - 1975 at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.
For further information please visit http://www.fondazioneprada.org
DRAWINGS: 1963-1968 | Art Basel 2016
Derek Eller Gallery is pleased to present a selection of sketchbook drawings by Karl Wirsum at Art Basel 2016.
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October 14, 2015
Signed limited exhibtion print of Karl Wirsum, Untitled (study for Baseball Girl, 1964), 1964, produced by Exhibition A.
A founding member of the notorious Chicago collective, The Hairy Who, Karl Wirsum’s style is defined by a graphic sensibility electrified with mordantly humorous imagery and color influenced by comic books, popular icons, Chicago blues, Japanese prints, and Mesoamerican pottery. An erotic, iconic slice of Americana and one of his most captivating characters, Baseball Girl is the embodiment of Wirsum’s distinct visual language. The artist has mounted three solo exhibitions with Derek Eller Gallery (New York), the most recent of which is currently on view through Saturday, October 17.
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America is Hard to See | Whitney Museum of American Art
May 1 - September 27, 2015
When the Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new Renzo Piano-designed home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015, the first exhibition on view will be an unprecedented selection of works from the Museum’s renowned permanent collection. Setting forth a distinctly new narrative, America Is Hard to See presents fresh perspectives on the Whitney’s collection and reflects upon art in the United States with over 600 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from about 1900 to the present. The exhibition—its title is taken from a poem by Robert Frost and also used by the filmmaker Emile de Antonio for one of his political documentaries—is the most ambitious display to date of the Whitney’s collection.
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What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present | RISD Museum
September 19, 2014 – January 4, 2015
What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present proposes an alternate history of figurative painting, sculpture, and vernacular image-making from 1960 to the present that has been largely overlooked and undervalued. At the heart of What Nerve! are four mini-exhibitions based on crucial shows, spaces, and groups in Chicago (the Hairy Who), San Francisco (Funk), Ann Arbor (Destroy All Monsters), and Providence (Forcefield)—places outside the artistic focal point of New York. These moments are linked together by six influential or intersecting artists: H. C. Westermann, Jack Kirby, William Copley, Christina Ramberg, Gary Panter, and Elizabeth Murray.
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