A Book Affair#8: Karl Wirsum at Radio Athènes


KARL WIRSUM_Tuesday September 11 at Radio Athènes 7:30pm Join the 8th presentation in the context of A BOOK AFFAIR, a 7-month long Goethe-Institut & Radio Athènes project. The exhibition is realized in collaboration with Andreas Melas. Archival ephemera, posters, artist’s books, zines, lithographs and films by American artist Karl Wirsum. Born in 1939, Wirsum was a member of ‘Hairy Who’ a group of Chicago artists who decided to join forces and exhibit together in the 1960’s. Their work was characterized by a graphic sensibility, intensity of colour, movement and a sense of humour often expressed through wordplay, puns and inside jokes. Sourcing his material from everyday life-advertisments, comics, posters, but also influenced by Japanese prints, blues music and pre-Colombian art- Wirsum created a figurative vocabulary of zany characters in imaginary scenarios.

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