Chicago

Chicago

Various Venues

The third “Hairy Who” exhibition occurred in the late spring and it was the finest to date. This was true both of the works themselves, and also of the installation. Karl Wirsum’s “skullpture” was an innovation; Gladys Nilsson’s work, while not drastically new in theme, showed her continued growth in power and her unobtrusive mastery of her means; Jim Nutt’s inventiveness is almost dazzling and Jim Falconer’s work included a series of frenzied serigraphs; Suellen Rocca and Art Green have both expanded their themes and have greater control.

But the work, fine as it was, was incorporated into a superb display, which in itself can be counted as an achievement of this group. The walls of the Hyde Park Art Center where the show was held again were covered with bright, flowered linoleum and the banal gaucherie of it acted as a foil for the works, coming as it did from the same world of the cliché

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