3-Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, Tang Exhibit and Discussion

3-Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, Tang Exhibit and Discussion

From September 8 until January 6, the exhibit 3- Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980, is up for viewing at the Tang Museum. The exhibit is organized by Tang Museum Dayton Director Ian Berry and Chicago- based curators and scholars John Corbett and Jim Dempsey. 3-Doings features work from 20 different artists, all perceived as imagists in Chicago. These works of art come together to produce an exhibit that flows, despite its differing works.

At a discussion given by Berry, Corbett and Dempsey, the question “Who is an imagist?” was asked. Corbett replied by explaining that the “term has come to be applied to a group of 17 artists who came together as a different group in 1966.” It was then that the artists were recognized as the Chicago Imagists. Thirteen of those 17 artists’ work is represented in the exhibit.

Corbett said that although the artists all produced different works of art, the pieces all looked “very comfortable together.” This feeling could be due to the fact that Chicago Imagism and funk art has a lot in common; they’re both warm and funky, in contrast to the coolness of pop art.

When stepping into the gallery, one may notice that there are no walls or dividers separating the pieces—a deliberate choice by Berry. He explains that the the show is designed with a series of stages, so one can see many different artists and pieces in the same view. The exhibit also portrays art of various sizes because, according to Dempsey, “in Chicago, scale doesn’t matter.”

Living in a bustling city, small living becomes essential. It is because of this that most of the pieces in the exhibit are small, and fit accordingly in the spaces available. However, no matter the size or the differing pieces, Berry, Corbett and Dempsey all agreed on one matter: the work “never lost an ounce of energy since when it was made,” alluding to the way the art acts as a time capsule.

Some works featured in the gallery can be seen in pictures below, but the entire exhibit can be found at the Wachenheim Gallery in the Tang Museum.

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Left to right

Karl Wirsum with Ed Flood

Drink Hearing Ade, c. 1968-1969

Mixed media

Collection of Cheryl Cipriani, New York

 

Karl Wirsum

Armpitss, 1963

Acrylic and fur on canvas

Collection of Lawrence and Evelyn Aronson

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Left to right

Gladys Nilsson

Jim’s Bunnie Egg, 1973

Acrylic on metal

Collection of Jim Nutt

 

 

H.C. Westermann

Memorial of the Idea of Man If He Was an idea, 1958

Pine, bottle caps, cast-tin toys, glass, metal, brass, ebony, and enamel

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Susan and Lewis Manilow Collection of Chicago Artists, 1993.34

 

 

Roger Brown

The Diner, 1973-74

Acrylic on wood, metal construction

Collection of Michael J Robertson and Christopher A. Slapak

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Ted Halkin

A Case of Gloves, 1970

Mixed media

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, gift of Dennis Adrian in honor of the artist, 2012.53

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Art Green

Protective Coloration, 1969

Mixed media on canvas

Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

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Barbara Rossi

3-D Do, 1973

Fabric, acrylic on plexiglass, hair

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Albert J. Bildner, 1974.8

 

Barbara Rossi

Sky Wheel, 1974-75

Mixed media on plexiglass

Collection of Lawrence and Evelyn Aronson

 

Barbara Rossi

Sky Dice, 1973

Acrylic on plexiglass

The Art Institute of Chicago, Twentieth- Century Purchase Fund, 1973. 301

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Karl Wirsum

Jimmy Jones Brother Jack, Jimmy Jones Junior, Tree Son, 1973-74

Acrylic, papier- mache, light fixtures, soldering iron, wood, fabric

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Funds provided by Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler and Museum Purchase, 2016.9.1a-h

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Suellen Rocca

Mm…, c. 1968

Oil on Leatherette purse

Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

 

Suellen Rocca

First Kiss, c. 1968

Oil on leatherette purse

Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

 

Suellen Rocca

Ah!, c. 1968

Oil on leatherette purse

Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

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Karl Wirsum

Gargoyle Gargle Oil, c. 1969

Acrylic on mirror and wood

Collection of Philip Hanson

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Left to right on wall

Jim Nutt

Andy Groth, 1968

Acrylic on reverse plexiglass, sheet metal backing, miscellaneous hardware

Collection of Robert H. Bergman, Chicago

 

Don Baum

Lucky Lady, 1966

Mixed media, decals

Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

 

Jim Nutt

Summer Salt, 1970

Acrylic on vinyl window shade, enamel on wood

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Dennis Adrian in honor of Claire B. Zeisler, 1980.30.1

 

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Karl Wirsum

Genuine Genie Wine, 1968

Acrylic on paper- mache

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of the Raymond K. Yoshida Living Trust and Kohler Foundation Inc. 2011.010.0112

 

Christina Ramberg

Mask, 1974

Acrylic on paper- mache and cloth

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, gift of Dennis Adrian in memory of the artist, 2011.112

 

Karl Wirsum

Palm S. Tree, 1968

Acrylic on paper- mache

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, gift of Dennis Adrian in honor of the artists, 2001.513.1

 

Ted Halkin

House 10, c. 1971-75

Castable material or concrete, metallic paint, embroidered pillow with lace trim

Illinois Legacy Collection, Illinois State Museum, goft of the artists, 201.22.40

 

Ted Halkin

House 6, c. 1971-75

Plaster, pillow with painted cotton case, woven mess with cellophane

Illinois Legacy Collection, Illinois State Museum, gift of the artists, 2001.22.39

 

Ted Halkin

House 7, c. 1971-75

Fake fur over armature, fiber, found metal case with plastic handle

Illinois Legacy Collections, Illinois State Museum, gift of the artists, 2001.22.37

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Roger Brown

Twin Towers, 1977

Paint on wood

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brown Family, courtesy of Kavi Gupta

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Left to right

Ed Flood

Zero Dead Hero, 1970

Acrylic on plexiglass and wood

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts, Joseph E. Temple Fund, 2010.10

 

Ed Flood

Tiger Eye, 1970

Acrylic on plexiglass and wood

Collection of Joseph J. Rishel, Philadelphia

 

Ed Flood

Silver Crown, 1969

Acrylic on plexiglass and wood

Roger Brown Study Collection, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Art Green

Risky Business, 1980

Oil on canvas mounted to panel

Courtesy of the artists and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

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Left to right

Karl Wirsum

Mary O’ Net, 1972

Acrylic on wood, fabric

Collection of KAWS

 

Karl Wirsum

Chris Teen, 1972

Acrylic on wood, fabric

Collection of KAWS

 

Karl Wirsum

Nurse Worse, 1972

Acrylic on wood, fabric

Collection of KAWS

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Left to right

H.C. Westermann

The Silver Queen, 1960

Pine, plywood, pine molding, galvanized metal weather vent, iron fittings, enamel, aluminum, alkyd enamel

Collection of KAWS

 

H.C. Westermann

Swingin’ Red King, 1961

Pine, pine molding, plywood, enamel

Collection of KAWS


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