The Others explores 50 iconic selections by 44 seminal artists from the 200-piece Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, critically acclaimed as the most significant collection of Chicago art that exists today. The Spiezers also amassed a brilliant grouping of studio glass from around the world.
On view are 32 paintings, prints, and drawings by Ed Paschke, Ray Yoshida, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Karl Wirsum, Nicolas Africano, Stephen Warde Anderson, Walter E. Andersons, Phyllis Bramson, Roger Brown, Susanne Doremus, Sarah Barnhart Fields, Julia Fish, Mark Sumner Forth, Michelle Grabner, Steven Hudson, Richard Hull, Jackie Kazarian, Mike Lash, Jim Lutes, Jacqueline Moses, Lorraine Peltz, Dan Ramirez, Scott Reeder, Kate Rosen, Rebecca Shore, Hollis Sigler, and Maria Tomasula; and 18 glass, metal and ceramic sculptures by Kéké Cribbs, Tom Czarnopys, Josh Garber, David Gilhooly, Nina Levy, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, Joseph Litzenberger, Joel Philip Myers, Holly Rittenhouse, Les Sandelman, Lino Tagliapietra, Tony Tasset, Janusz Walentynowicz, and Karen Zoot Wolfe.
Francis and June Spiezer were known for their passionate support of (usually emerging) artists. “Let other people who live in other cities support their galleries; we have to support ours,” she said in a 2003 interview. “Francis and I both knew we would buy primarily from Chicago galleries and Chicago artists because we could talk to them. When I see Josh Garber, he knows who we are and we know who he is, no matter how famous he gets. Even with Ed Paschke, every time he’d see us he’d say, ‘I know that Red Sweeney lives in your house.’ I love these artists and I love the artwork.”
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Who Chicago? An Exhibition of Contemporary Imagists is a 216-page small-format book devoted to Chicago's Imagist painters, otherwise known as, "The Hairy Who?". Artists include, Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt, Karl Wirsum and many others.