A new show by Karl Wirsum underscores the rise of the Chicago Imagist’s in New York City.
A new show by Karl Wirsum underscores the rise of the Chicago Imagist’s in New York City.
November 7

Chicago Imagists See Big Apple Resurgence?

On October 29 Gallerist NY profiled alumnus, SAIC professor, and influential Chicago Imagist Karl Wirsum (BFA 1961), currently exhibited in a solo show at New York City’s Derek Eller Gallery. The show—the artist’s first presentation of new work to take place in New York City in 25 years—“arrives just as New York, and the art world is finally embracing comic art, so-called outsider art, and the sort of outré graphic work that Wirsum and many of his colleagues among the Chicago Imagists have been honing for years,” says writer Andrew Russett. Imagist sightings “all over town” include recent shows by Jim Nutt (1965, 67) at David Nolan Gallery and Gladys Nilsson (BFA 1962) at National Exemplar. The Whitney also showcased work from Wirsum, Nutt, and Ed Paschke (BFA 1961, MFA 1970) in its 2012 exhibition Sinister Pop. “Scores of young artists are taking cues from this work,” Russett says. Wirsum’s newest exhibition of “intensely bright alien figures in semi-abstract landscapes” runs through November 17.