Dates: 1955-1980

Origin: Chicago

Key Artists: Leon Golub, Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt

The Chicago Imagists is the name of a group of representational artists associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s. Their work was known for grotesquerie, surrealism and complete uninvolvement with New York art world trends. Critic Ken Johnson referred to Chicago Imagism as “the postwar tradition of fantasy-based art making.” One remarkable thing about them was the high proportion of female artists among them. There are three distinct groups which outside of Chicago are indiscriminately bundled together as Imagists: The Monster Roster, The Hairy Who, and The Chicago Imagists.

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Jim Nutt

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