• Karl Wirsum
    No Dogs Aloud
    1964
    acrylic on plexiglas
    23 3/4 x 18 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • 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


PRESS RELEASE

 

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.