• Installation view

  • Artist unknown, Mexican mask from Ray Yoshida's collection

  • Ray Yoshida
    Jizz and Jazz
    1971
    acrylic on canvas
    50.25 x 40 inches

  • Ted Halkin
    Untitled
    c. 1968
    oil on canvas
    8 x 8 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Indeliberate Dissociation
    1977
    acrylic on canvas
    24 x 36 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    1967
    lucite box with collage
    8 x 10 x 2 inches

  • Installation view

  • Gladys Nilsson
    Armport
    1967
    acrylic on Plexiglas in artist's frame
    7.5 x 8.5 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    1972
    acrylic on collage
    46 x 40 inches

  • Jordan Davies
    Untitled
    c. 1969
    acrylic on canvas
    63 x 53.25 inches

  • Installation view

  • Evelyn Statsinger
    Static Flight
    1977
    oil on linen
    48 x 38 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    c. 1970
    acrylic on canvas
    50 x 46 inches

  • Miyoko Ito
    Interior Landscape
    1973
    oil on canvas
    47 x 40 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    c. 1974
    acrylic on canvas
    46 x 40 inches

  • Barbara Rossi
    Beach Dancing
    1977
    acrylic on masonite
    39.25 x 51.25 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    1975
    acrylic on canvas
    48 x 40 inches

  • Mark Booth
    The "R" in Ray
    1999
    enamel on canvas over plywood box frame
    16 x 16 x 6 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Comic Book Specimen #1
    1968
    collage on paper
    17 x 23 inches

  • Brian Calvin
    Olive, Upon Entering
    1993
    acrylic and enamel on canvas
    54 x 72 inches

  • Mary Lou Zelazny
    Polonaise No. 13, Stars and Sticks
    1996
    oil on canvas
    9.75 x 20.25 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    1969
    collage on paper
    11 x 9 inches

  • Richard Hull
    Untitled
    c. 1979
    oil and wax ground on canvas
    9 x 13 inches

  • William Schwedler
    Fallen Table
    1965
    oil on canvas
    22 x 22 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    c. 1969
    collage on paper
    11 x 8.5 inches

  • Frank Piatek
    Untitled
    1967
    oil on canvasboard
    24 x 23.5 inches (irregular)

  • Ray Yoshida, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi
    Wrapsodent
    1974
    graphite, colored pencil, and collage on paper
    11 x 15 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Superficial Concerns
    c. 1970
    acrylic on canvas
    36 x 36 inches

  • Suellen Rocca
    Foot Smells
    c. 1967
    oil on canvas
    19 x 15 inches

  • Joseph Yoakuml
    Mt. Mauna Kea
    c. 1968
    ballpoint pen and colored pencil on paper
    9.5 x 12 inches

  • Ray Yoshida, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi
    Tripple Twins
    1974
    graphite, colored pencil, and collage on paper
    21.5 x 40.75 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Graceful Flattery
    c. 1970
    acrylic on canvas
    36 x 36 inches

  • Martin Ramirez
    Untitled
    1940s
    graphite and crayon on paper
    34 x 24 inches

  • Peter Saul
    Men/Please
    1964
    pastel and ink on paper
    21.5 x 30 inches

  • Karl Wirsum
    Lana Turner with Her Own Eyebrows Before Schrafft's Drug Store
    c. 1969
    acrylic on canvas
    36 x 21 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Dotted Charmer
    c. 1970
    acrylic on canvas
    36 x 36 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Country Club Dance
    1969
    oil on canvas with artist's frame
    29 x 29 inches

  • Öyvind Fahlström
    Notes for Babies
    1963
    tempera, India ink, and graphite on paper laid on rag board
    18 x 17 inches

  • Roger Brown
    Untitled
    1968
    oil on canvas with artist's frame
    12 x 12 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    c. 1995
    oil on canvas
    36 x 48 inches

  • Roger Brown
    Cutting the Rug
    c. 1969
    mixed media assemblage
    25.5 x 12 inches

  • Jim Nutt
    Stage Fright (I'm drying too ruin her!)
    1968
    colored pencil, graphite, collage, ink on paper mounted on silver mat board
    44 x 28 inches

  • Chris Ware
    Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
    1998
    ink on museum board
    30 x 18 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    c. 1964
    oil on canvas
    32.5 x 31.5 inches

  • Christina Ramberg
    Gloved
    1974
    acrylic on masonite
    46.25 x 35.5 inches

  • Philip Hanson
    Untitled
    1968
    metal cut-out and springs in pine frame
    12.5 x 13.5 inches

  • Ray Yoshida
    Untitled
    1974
    felt-tip pen on paper, cut out and collaged on heavy paper
    19.25 x 24.25 inches


PRESS RELEASE

CHICAGO—Presented in the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey, Touch and Go is the largest and most extensive gathering of works ever devoted to the influential painter and collage-maker, Ray Yoshida (American, 1930–2009). This exhibition is the first large-scale show since the artist’s death, and the first to comprehensively examine Yoshida’s oeuvre in relation to his life in an educational institution, both as a student and a teacher.Yoshida was a driving force in the Chicago art world for nearly half a century.  Born in Hawaii, he received his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1953, and attended Syracuse University for his MFA in 1958. The following year Yoshida returned to Chicago, and SAIC, and began a teaching career that would span four decades.  Working primarily as a painter and collagist, Yoshida was formally resourceful, subtly humorous, and often startlingly original. Movement between abstraction and figuration in his work resulted in an art historical arc that was at once logical in its development and full of surprising turns and reprises. In the early 1960s Yoshida was celebrated for his earthy, soft, and painterly canvases. Gradually, over the next decade, his style morphed into a hard-edged, pop aesthetic. In the late 1960s he began to paint and collage works steeped in rigorous studies of folk and self-taught artists; vernacular imagery including street signs, tattoos, and commercial advertising; and perhaps most notably, mainstream and underground comics.  One of Yoshida’s signature ideas was the result of a direct intervention in comic art, his important “comic specimen” collage series in which he appropriated fragments from comic books, arranging them in neat typological categories or amassing them into surrealistic body-part aggregates.Parallel to these artistic explorations, as a professor Yoshida helped stimulate a cadre of young Chicagoans with their own unique sensibility – the brash, iconoclastic artists known as the Imagists.  Most of the Imagists (including Roger Brown, Ed Flood, Art Green, Philip Hanson, Jim Nutt, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, and Barbara Rossi,), along with several subsequent generations of budding artists, studied at SAIC with Yoshida.  Indeed, understanding Yoshida’s legacy as a teacher, and more generally as a part of the larger Chicago art community, is arguably essential to a full understanding of his artwork and the significant developments it underwent during his lifetime. Yoshida was uncommonly open to input from his students, taking inspiration in his own work from their new discoveries. Yoshida was a sympathetic yet brutally honest, sometimes productively enigmatic instructor, and many of his relationships with his SAIC students quickly developed into collegial friendships. He supported generations of young Chicago artists as they emerged into the public sphere, and engaged with them privately in a vigorous intellectual exchange.The exhibition runs from November 13, 2010 – February 12, 2011.A full-color, 144-page catalog accompanies the exhibition.