Karl Wirsum, Ice Pick Nick Fisherman, 1979 (acrylic on wood, 22 inches high)
The banner on the wall of the Pavilion depicts a work Ice Pick Nick Fisherman from 1979 by artist Karl Wirsum (b.1939, USA), who collected toys and puppets. This work is inspired by his collection. They are small hand-made wooden puppets, with wooden handles for the puppeteer to hold. They depict fisherman, who used ice-picks to fish. The puppets are part of our How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s exhibition, which features works by 14 artists whose distinctive and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Many of the works were inspired by the artists’ love of everyday items such as comic books, amusement arcades and advertising, with no hidden meaning.
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This work is by artist Karl Wirsum (b.1939, USA), one of the artists who became known as the Chicago Imagists. Throughout his life, Wirsum collected toys and puppets – this is one of many works inspired by his collection. They are small hand-made wooden puppets, with wooden handles for the puppeteer to hold.
For more information about How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s, click here.Posted by Caspar Jayasekera on Friday 14 June 2019