Roger Brown and the Chicago Imagists Take London

Roger Brown, Burned Hills May-October 1997, Oil on canvas, 48” x 72”

Through May 27, 2019, the Goldsmiths CCA gallery in London is presenting the work of Roger Brown and his fellow Chicago Imagists in the exhibition HOW CHICAGO! IMAGISTS 1960S & 70S. This is the first major exhibition of the work of the Chicago Imagists to appear in the United Kingdom in nearly 40 years.

According to the gallery’s press release for the exhibition:

How Chicago! focuses on fourteen artists associated with Imagism, and features painting, objects, drawings, prints and ephemera. The exhibition concentrates on works from the 1960s when they first met, through to the late 1970s, when many of them moved away, both stylistically and geographically. All of the artists studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where teachers introduced them to non-Western and self-taught artists, and fostered delight in cast-off objects gleaning in the city’s thrift stores and street markets. How Chicago! highlights the affinities between a group of divergent artists who had a lasting impact on 20th century art.

How Chicago! is organised by Hayward Gallery Touring in collaboration with Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art and De La Warr Pavilion. It is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy. Hayward Touring is supported by Arts Council England.

A fully illustrated catalogue titled Chicago Imagists 1960s – 1970s is available at a special exhibition price, including essays by the co-curators and art historian Lynne Warren, as well as individual texts on each artist.