cartoon images inspired by comic book flow: Backman in yellow lettering against orange cloud ULC; gun pointed at a pink tear-drop with puncture hole and red droplets; hand at URC holding an image of a woman with red hair in a white dress; two figures in blue looking toward a door with shadow of a male figure in a hat at L; double-faced man against background of rings and woman's underwear at R; muscle-bound faceless figure LL, car lower C; scene inside car with man about to run over muscle figure; in silver frame

© 1966 Jim Nutt

Backman, 1966

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Jim Nutt first attracted international attention as a member of a six-member group called the Hairy Who. They exhibited together several times between 1966-69 around the country but were based initially Chicago. The group espoused no collective philosophy or formal manifesto but came together out of shared sensibilities. Comics, humor, hygiene ads, vernacular material culture in Chicago (hand-painted signs, pinball machines, product catalogues), and bawdy puns populated their work. Among artists drawing on popular culture in the 1960s, they gravitated to the odd, the disturbing, and the ultra-local. Nutt’s Backman exemplifies these tendencies in their work in 1966; exquisitely made in a painstaking technique (the image was painted on the reverse side of a piece of pristine smooth Plexiglas) but with a comics subject matter that is invented, absurdist, violent and perplexing.

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Title
Backman
Artist Life
born 1938
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.89
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cartoon images inspired by comic book flow: Backman in yellow lettering against orange cloud ULC; gun pointed at a pink tear-drop with puncture hole and red droplets; hand at URC holding an image of a woman with red hair in a white dress; two figures in blue looking toward a door with shadow of a male figure in a hat at L; double-faced man against background of rings and woman's underwear at R; muscle-bound faceless figure LL, car lower C; scene inside car with man about to run over muscle figure; in silver frame

© 1966 Jim Nutt

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