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Karl Wirsum
Karl Wirsum


American artist Karl Wirsum (born 1939) was a member of the legendary Chicago artist community The Hairy Who (whose other members included Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt and Suellen Rocca). Best known as a painter, he has also worked in printmaking, sculpture, digital art and marionettes. Pristine, cartoonish, flatly graphic and brightly chromatic, his paintings portray solitary, hallucinatory, often somewhat demonic characters, depicted against spare backdrops. This catalogue commemorates Wirsum’s fall 2013 exhibition at Derek Eller gallery in New York. It presents 25 new paintings and drawings accompanied by questions to the artist (and his answers) from an all-star roster of curators and artists, including Gary Panter, Carter E. Foster, Chris Ware, KAWS, Erik Parker, Jeff Koons, Mark Pascale, Robert Storr, Robert Cozzolino and Peter Saul.


Publisher: Derek Eller Gallery 

Artist(s): Karl Wirsum 

Contributor(s): Robert Cozzolino, Carter E. Foster, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Gary Panter, Eric Parker, Mark Pascale, Peter Saul, Robert Storr, Chris Ware

Designer: Norman Hathaway

Printer: Printed in Canada 

Publication Date: 11/30/2013

Binding: Paperback 

Dimensions: 7.5 x 11 inches 

Pages: 64 

Reproductions: illustrated throughout

ISBN: 9781939799142

Retail: $19.95 US | $25.00 CDN

Status: Available  

Stock: In stock