Explanation: Hairy Who

February 5th, 2011 by Dan Nadel

Hairy Who: Name of a group of exhibitions and publications by six Chicago artists from 1966-1969. Often used as stand-in for image-based, semi-grotesque, immaculately crafted works produced by sterling generation in Chicago, circa 1965-75. Actual Hairy Who was just 5 exhibitions and 4 publications. Participants were: Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, Karl Wirsum. Represents link in third stream of American art. Think of H.C. Westermann, Peter Saul, Gary Panter.

Karl Wirsum, 1968

Hairy Who, 1967

Jim Nutt, 1969

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  1. they were often called to the side says:

    one hopes that such spiffy folks would require no explanation

    but one also appreciates having things explained kindly, well and true

    let the H.W. revolution begin, please, already!?!

  2. desert island says:

    Reprint those 4 publications please!

  3. Hm, Now i am ok with this but still not absolutely positive, hence i’m about to research a little more.

  4. Elida Babyak says:

    My partner and i certainly need to think much more in that direction to see what i can do regarding it.

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