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Artist Spotlight: Karl Wirsum

September 17, 2018

In 1964, Wirsum joined the group of representational artists who would come to be known as the Hairy Who. Along with the other factions within the Chicago Imagist movement, the Hairy Who rejected “the detached cool of New York” and championed personal representations of eclectic popular culture. Wirsum’s disciplined study of his craft has produced an artistic vocabulary that is truly powerful.  As Wirsum describes it, he provides all the necessary “cues for potential narratives that could be extended by the viewers themselves.” “Tonto Disguised as the Lone Ranger,” included in LAMA’s September 30,  2018 auction, hints at a postmodern sensibility without making any overt political statement.

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