KARL WIRSUM, DRAWINGS 1967-1970, 1/1000 Copies, First Edition, Derek Eller Gallery


Culled from dozens of the artist’s historic sketchbooks dating from 1967-70, this catalog was published on the occasion of the first New York City solo presentation of Wirsum’s work in over two decades, Karl Wirsum, Drawings: 1967-70 at Derek Eller Gallery. 

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Karl Wirsum
Drawings 1967-1970
Derek Eller Galerie, New York September 9-October 9, 2010
First Edition published in 1000 Copies
Contributor(s): Dan Nadel, Lorri Gunn
Designer: Norman Hathaway
Printed in Canada
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 14 x 11 inches
Pages: 29
Reproductions: illustrated throughout
Karl Wirsum (b. 1939) is a Chicago native who first emerged in the mid-1960’s, creating paintings suffused with the energy of his urban environment, comic strips, and South American patterning. In his drawings, bulbous insects, tortoise shells, and feathered bird wings become human body parts, and forms derived from crustacean and beach ecology give way to male weightlifters and female pin-ups. Wirsum’s contour lines, rooted in the boldness of sign painting and mechanical reproduction, drive his drawings and inform his interior volumes. This push and pull between interior and exterior becomes more aggressive given the intensity of his pen marks, which leave grooves in the pages. These drawings highlight a visual thinker and compulsive draftsmen at an early peak. As they are introduced to a new audience some four decades later, they look as alive today as the day they were formed. This catalog presents over 25 drawings accompanied by an essay by Dan Nadel.

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