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Whether centuries old or the latest c ontemporary creations\, works on paper are extremely light sensitive and ca n only be displayed in the galleries for short and infrequent periods of ti me before they must be returned to the safety of the dark\, climate-control led vault. Some of these works\, however\, also make brief appearances in t he Prints and Drawings Study Room\, frequently requested by professors for their classes to view as exemplars of specific techniques. This exhibition brings together nearly 100 of these highly popular contemporary works on pa per\, many of which have not been seen in our galleries in years (or ever)\ , offering visitors an intriguing look at how this rich collection is used pedagogically.

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While tools and artist ic methods are often privileged over historical significance or connoisseur ship in these educational sessions\, the exhibition offers abundant example s by artists whose works on paper were celebrated in their time and continu e to influence subsequent generations. Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bea rden’s iconic collage\, The Return of Odysseus (Homage to Pintoricchio and Benin)\, makes a rare and welcome appearance\, given that it is no t often exhibited due to its fugitive materials—cut and pasted papers\, gra phite\, and touches of black and gray wash. Also included are multiple work s by Carroll Dunham\, Martin Kippenberger\, and Ed Ruscha\, some being exhi bited for the first time in Chicago. In addition\, curators from the Ryerso n Library have selected post–World War II comics publications by artists wh ose careers and aesthetic interests are related and sometimes influential t o the other artists on view. Shown in this context are drawings informed by the conventions of graphic narratives\, slapstick humor\, and prescient so cial commentary.

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Also on view are dra wings by Chicago-based artists such as Julia Fish\, who has a particular af finity for working on paper. Over the years\, she has created drawings that not only extend her painting ideas but also exist as separate\, self-conta ined bodies of work. Always focused on her immediate environment\, Fish cre ates drawings based on memory and observations of the conditions surroundin g her garden\, as well as the properties of her house. She employs media sp ecifically to evoke\, rather than mimic\, physicality\, weight\, touch\, an d time. Also a professor of art at the University of Illinois-Chicago\, Fis h is a frequent visitor to the Prints and Drawings Study Room herself and u ses our diverse collection in part to teach students in the techniques demo nstrated in this exhibition.

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DTEND:20130113 DTSTAMP:20141229T010744 DTSTART:20120728 GEO:41.8806822;-87.6242154 LOCATION:The Art Institute of Chicago\,111 South Michigan Avenue \nChicago\ , IL 60603 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper\, Romare Bearden\, Carroll Dunham\, Julia Fish\, Martin Kippenberger\, Ed Ruscha UID:245478 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR