Jimmy Wright Radiant: an Overview 1963-2004

Oct. 15, 2004 - Nov. 6, 2004

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Jimmy Wright

Airport Red Carpet

1972

graphite and colored pencil on paper

23 x 28 3/4 inches

Jimmy Wright

Baptism at Rives

1980

oil on canvas

14 x 14 inches

Jimmy Wright

Baptism at Pilot Oak

1980

oil on canvas

14 x 14 inches

Jimmy Wright

Baptism at Obion River

1980

oil on canvas

11 x 11 inches

Jimmy Wright

Veiled Women (1,2 & 3)

1970

bronze

Jimmy Wright

Sister Colley

1971

acrylic on stoneware

10 x 9 x 15 inches

Jimmy Wright

Eat

1972

graphite on paper

22 x 30 inches

Jimmy Wright

Backyard

1971

graphite on paper

22 x 30 inches

Jimmy Wright

Main Street

1972

oil on canvas

66 x 90 inches

Jimmy Wright

Motel

1972

graphite on paper

22 x 30 inches

Jimmy Wright

Reclining Figure

1970

watercolor and graphite on paper

22.5 x 30 inches

Jimmy Wright

Red Drape

1972

graphite and colored pencil on paper

30 x 22 inches

Jimmy Wright

Mrs. French

1971

acrylic on stoneware

16 x 8 x 9 inches

Jimmy Wright

Subway

1972

oil on canvas

90 x 66 inches

Jimmy Wright

Taxi

1972

oil on canvas

40 x 40 inches



Press Release

Paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints by one of the unsung early Chicago imagists, Jimmy Wright, now a renowned New York artist, spotlighting his rarely seen work from the ’60s and early ’70s. This exhibition of nearly 50 pieces will include many never-exhibited works on paper from Wright’s period in Chicago (the majority of which was destroyed in a catastrophic fire in the early ’70s), including two Maxwell Street etchings from 1966 (a copy of one of which hangs in the Roger Brown Study Collection), as well as his bronze and ceramic sculptures from the same period. Close friend of Philip Hanson and Roger Brown, Wright studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1964-1968. Wright’s uncommonly rich graphite drawings and enormous acrylic paintings from his several subsequent years downstate in Carbondale, Illinois, will also be on exhibit, as will a number of his large cityscape paintings of New York, painted just as he moved there in 1974, and a collection of his wickedly funny homoerotic baptism paintings and other scenes mixing eroticism and religion. One large sunflower painting completed this year will bring the show forward to Wright’s present work, which has been hailed by The New Yorker as “…van Gogh on acid.”