Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum

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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Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum

Exhibition A

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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Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum

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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Karl Wirsum

Karl Wirsum

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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