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The Hairy Who is not the backing band of the Austrian pop singer Conchita Wurst. Still, it’s hard to believe the members of the Hairy Who, one of several coteries of artists who came together in the 1960s–1970s under the broader moniker of the Chicago Imagists, would not have celebrated this transgender performer, not so much because she won the Eurovision song contest last weekend or because she is biologically a he, but because, along with voluptuous hair, long lashes and sequined robes…
The Milwaukee-based artist's show "Reverse Acrylic Paintings" is showing at the Jean Albano Gallery.
Deborah Wilk takes a closer look at the irreverant practice of the Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists, whose works feature in First Open | Online, running 25 February to 8 March
The Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists revisits the local artists who freaked out the world.
Browse the Elmhurst University Art Collection, with its world-renowned Chicago Imagist artwork, located in suburban Elmhurst, IL.
Chicago Imagists like Jim Nutt and Gladys Nilsson took a nod from so-called “low” culture and created work that was fun, irreverent—and psychologically loaded.
While the world was patting New York, LA and London on the back for inventing pop art and conceptualism back in the late ’60s, a group of artists in Chicago wer
Ed Paschke (1939-2004), who is considered a Chicago Imagist, is one of the important painters to emerge from America’s heartland in the late 1960s that New York has never fully embraced. One reason for this resistance is his lifelong interest in misfits and the creepy flipside of celebrity, which implicitly critiqued Andy Warhol’s love affair with pop idols and glamour.
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