Members’ Preview: Jim Nutt



In this painted portrait of a light-skinned woman, one eye is a black dot, a black squiggly line forms the ridge of a dark patterned nose, and her brown hair is done up in a bun that twists to a point, reminiscent of a conch shell.
Jim Nutt, Bump, 2008. Acrylic on linen and medium-density fiberboard frame; 25 ¼ x 24 3/8 in. (64.1 × 61.9 cm). Collection Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York
Image courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York


Since 1990, Jim Nutt has focused exclusively on female heads in spare line drawings and rich, detailed paintings. This exhibition is a retrospective of Jim Nutt’s work that emphasizes the development of these important paintings through their precedents in his own work. Acknowledging the groundswell in interest in this unique American artist’s work, this will be the first major presentation of Nutt in over a decade. Nutt’s history as an important artist dates to the mid-1960s where in Chicago he was a chief instigator of the irreverent “Hairy Who” group, now better known as the Chicago Imagists. Present your membership card or invitation, or join at the door for free admission for you and a guest!


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