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

%C2%A9 1966 Jim Nutt

Backman, 1966

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2016 Accession Highlight

Jim Nutt was part of a six-member artists’ group called the Hairy Who. Based in Chicago, they exhibited together around the country several times in the late 1960s. The group held no collective philosophy. Instead, they came together out of their shared appreciation for comic strips, ads, bawdy puns, and the visual culture of Chicago, including hand-painted signs, pinball machines, and product catalogues. They gravitated to the odd, the disturbing, and the ultra-local. Nutt’s Backman exemplifies these tendencies in their work—exquisitely made in a painstaking technique (the image was painted on the reverse side of a piece of Plexiglas) but with a comic book style that is invented, absurdist, violent, and perplexing.

Jm Nutt is among the most influential artists of his generation, and work by the members of the Hairy Who, as they called themselves, has gradually gained great importance in the art world. Backman strengthens Mia’s holdings of Pop art and comics-inspired objects, allowing the museum to better present the history of 1960s art.

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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