Krannert Art Museum Focuses Exhibition on Chicago Imagism

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CHAMPAIGN, IL.- Krannert Art Museum opened the fall with six new exhibitions, one of which focuses on artwork created by Chicago Imagists. Figures in Chicago Imagism (August 26, 2010 through January 9, 2011) presents a selection of paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection intended to broaden the scope of Chicago Imagism by including not only artists commonly exhibited as such, but also those who were influential in the creation of the school. While post-World War II artists in New York explored their inner creative processes through abstract expressionism, many artists in Chicago generated figurative works focused on issues created by the war. The Monster Roster, a group of Chicago artists that included Leon Golub, Theodore Halkin, and June Leaf, created intense works that illustrated their existential explorations through figuration. These artists, along with Don Baum, Peter Saul,