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Karl Wirsum

 (born 1939)
Karl Wirsum is active/lives in Illinois.  Karl Wirsum is known for funk figure-faces, imagist, sculpture, drawing.

Biography   Karl Wirsum


Karl Wirsum (born 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American artist. A member of the notorious Chicago artistic group The Hairy Who, he helped set the foundation for Chicago's art scene in the 1970s. Wirsum is primarily a painter, though he has worked with prints, sculpture and even digital art.

He received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961.

Wirsum was one of the earliest members of The Hairy Who (along with James Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Suellen Rocca). This group came to be known by the exhibition title of the same name, which was co-curated by Don Baum at the Hyde Park Art Center in 1966, and for which the group received national attention.

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