• Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Rivington St. sketchbook)
    1965
    felt tip pen on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Rivington St. Sketchbook: Sonny Rollins)
    c. 1964-65
    black felt tip pen on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Rivington St. Sketchbook)
    1965
    felt tip pen on paper
    11 x 14 inches

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Rivington St. Sketchbook)
    1965
    felt tip pen and graphite on paper
    11 x 14 inches

  • Installation view

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Keystone Sketchbook: Jazz Messengers)
    1964
    felt tip pen on paper
    8 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Keystone Sketchbook: Lee Morgan)
    1964
    felt tip pen on paper
    11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (San Calista Sketchbook: Enrico Rava)
    1966
    ink on paper
    9 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches
    inscribed, dated and signed bottom center: Enrico Rava/ Milane [sic]/ B Thompson

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (San Calista Sketchbook: Milford Graves)
    1966
    ink on paper
    12 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches

  • Installation view

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (San Calista Sketchbook)
    1966
    felt tip pen on paper
    12 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches

  • Bob Thompson
    Art Blakey (Keystone Sketchbook)
    1964
    felt tip pen on two sheets of paper
    11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches
    titled, inscribed, dated and signed on lower right of second sheet: Art/ Blakey/ N.Y. 64/ B Thompson

  • Bob Thompson
    Untitled (Beverly Sketchbook: Ornette at the Five Spot)
    1960
    felt tip pen on paper
    17 x 14 inches
    Inscribed, signed and dated bottom center: Ornette at the Five Spot/ Bob Thompson `60)

  • Bob Thompson
    Charlie Parker Waiting in the Wings
    c. 1965
    pastel, pencil, and watercolor on paper
    12 x 16 inches
    signed and inscribed lower right: For Jane/ My Girl/ Love B Thompson


PRESS RELEASE

Opening: Saturday, June 13, 6:00-8:00pm

CHICAGO— In the East Wing, CvsD is proud to present Live at the Five Spot, an exhibition of newly discovered drawings by the artist Bob Thompson. In the years leading up to his untimely death in 1966, Thompson was a habitué of downtown New York’s underground jazz clubs, where he watched the great innovators of free jazz, including Ornette Coleman and Milford Graves, as well as the towering figures of post-bop and hard-bop, including Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey. Himself an amateur drummer, Thompson was one of the most admired young figurative painters of his era, and he was friendly with many of these musicians. His masterwork “The Garden of Music” (a 12-foot wide canvas in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum) depicts all of these players. Organized in collaboration with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, who represents the Thompson Estate, this exhibition unveils sizzling linear portraits of Blakey, Rollins, Graves, trumpeter Enrico Rava, and Coleman, the latter drawn during the saxophonist’s legendary 1960 run at the Five Spot Café. A single painterly watercolor, more akin to Thompson’s canvases, is titled “Charlie Parker Waits in the Wings.”

Live at the Five Spot is accompanied by a full-color catalog featuring images of all the drawings.