Karl Wirsum No Dogs Aloud 1964 acrylic on plexiglas 23 3/4 x 18 inches
Karl Wirsum Untitled March 31, 1965 ball-point pen and colored pencil on paper 14 x 11 inches
Karl Wirsum Untitled 1964 colored pencil on paper 13 x 10 inches
Opening reception: Thursday, April 27, 6 – 8pm
In the East Wing, CvsD is proud to bring together one of Karl Wirsum’s great early paintings, “No Dogs Aloud,” a portrait of blues singer Howlin’ Wolf from 1965, with a group of eight preparatory drawings, drawn from more than fifty such works on paper executed over a nine-month period. The painting is an outstanding example of his rare back-painted Plexi works. This work comes just a year before Wirsum joined the Hairy Who for the first of the Chicago Imagist exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC); it was unveiled in the year it was made at a group exhibition at HPAC, the first of three thematic shows, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, curated by Don Baum. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog featuring images of many of the preparatory drawings.