For the final installment of my search through the Chicago Artists Archive, I went looking for some personal favorites: Christina Ramberg, Tony Fitzpatrick and Roger Brown. I became a big fan of the late Christina Ramberg’s work last year while creating a body of work involving hair. To me, her work is the dark side of the Chicago Imagist. She rarely, if ever, worked with bright colors, and in her better-known pieces, her figures were bound, gagged or blindfolded by their hair. Ramberg also had a series of works inspired by quilting, which she exhibited with Rebecca Shore in the early 90s. Her file mostly consists of show postcards/reviews and obituaries. Ramberg died of Pick’s Disease in December 1995, and her file includes several obituaries and announcements for memorials around the city. One memorial announcement was from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she headed the painting and drawing department and another from the Renaissance Society, which frequently exhibited her work. Besides the postcards and rembrances, there was very little information …
Jes looks through the Chicago Artists Archive for artists groups, past and present.
Jess Strandefer searches for the members of N.A.M.E. within the Chicago Artist Archive.
I sit down with Leslie Patterson, the librarian in charge of the Chicago Artists Archive.