Exploring the imagists of Chicago

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Organised by Hayward Gallery Touring How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s is the first significant UK exhibition of work by the group of artists who have become known as the Chicago Imagists in almost 40 years.

Chicago saw an explosion of artistic activity in the mid-1960s, much of it centred centred around this extraordinary group Their distinct and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century, and How Chicago! gives UK audiences the chance to see an incredible and hugely influential body of work, rarely seen outside the USA. 

In this interview the curators, Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion, Sarah McCrory, Director at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, and Hayward Gallery Touring Senior Curator Brian Cass discuss the exhibition and the collaboration between the three organisations.

How Chicago! Imagists from the 1960s & 1970s | Hayward Touring Exhibition


Wildly graphic and often eye-poppingly nasty, the nightmarish creations of the Chicago Imagists echo the tumult of their era.
Adrian Searle, The Guardian 4* review


How Chicago! is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy.

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