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STRANGE BUT TRUE Oddities of the World

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Exhibit, 1998 Color Polaroid 24 X 20 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Carl Hammer Gallery
STRANGE BUT TRUE Oddities of the World

740 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
June 3rd, 2011 - August 26th, 2011
Opening: June 3rd, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.hammergallery.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
River North/Near North Side
EMAIL:  
hammergall@aol.com
PHONE:  
312.266.8512
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday through Friday 11:00 to 6:00, Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, other times by appointment
TAGS:  
photography

DESCRIPTION

In 1998, Carl Hammer Gallery loaned a large number of vintage sideshow banners to the renowned photographer, William Wegman.  Based on his creative interpretation, the artist photographed his favorite subjects against these banners in his inimitable style and titled the newly developed series of color Polaroid photographs Strange But True.  We are pleased to pair this remarkable body of work with select examples of vintage sideshow banners by master banner painters Fred Johnson and Snap Wyatt in offering up a summer exhibition by the same title.  The resulting effects achieved in this pairing  not only portray Wegman's brilliant sense of humor, but display an aesthetic kinship with the imagism of artists uniquely outside of the mainstream and pushes beyond the constraints - formal, social, and personal - that weigh on Western art and society.