Karl Wirsum “The Gift Horse’s Mouth,” 2021

Karl Wirsum
The Gift Horse's Mouth, 2021
[Editions 51–100]
9-color screen print
24 x 20 inches

Numbered and embossed with the artist’s signature.

Produced in collaboration with
Printed Matter, Inc.

About the Edition:
Artist Karl Wirsum has produced a new limited-edition artwork in support of Printed Matter and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). The 9-color screen print borrows an outlandish and provocative character from a recent series of drawings by the artist, depicting a grinning but friendly figure that is both animal and human, composed from bright block colors and abstract shapes.

About Karl Wirsum:
Karl Wirsum is one of the original Chicago Imagists known as the Hairy Who, a group of six artists who decided to join forces and exhibit together in the mid-1960’s. Wirsum is a Chicago native, creating paintings, drawings, and sculptures, that are broadly influenced by his interest in comics, his time spent living in the southwest, urban environment, and decorative forms. His work was featured prominently in a major survey of the Hairy Who at the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2019. His works are in numerous public collections such as the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, High Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and RISD Art Museum.
Karl Wirsum is represented by Derek Eller Gallery in New York.