Famous Artists from Chicago. 1965–1975, H.C. Westermann, Leon Golub
Graphic Design, consultant and production support

Milan, 20 Oct 2017 – 15 Jan 2018

From 20 October 2017, Fondazione Prada will present at its Milan venue a research and information program on the Chicago art scene developed in the aftermath of World War II. The Fondazione thus further expands its strategy of reinterpretation of those moments in contemporary art history that, although not entirely acknowledged by critics, have nonetheless influenced new generations of artists, from graffiti to neo-digital artists.

The project is focused on the employment of a painting style characterized by political commitment, figurative narratives and radical graphics, and therefore rejected by mainstream New York culture – which was more interested in the abstract and impersonal dimensions of art.

The exhibition is structured around three thematic sections conceived and curated by Germano Celant as a whole – Leon Golub, H.C. Westermann and Famous Artists from Chicago. 1965–1975 – all devoted to two generations of artists formed in Chicago between the 50's and the 60's. This project further investigates the artistic production of those two decades in a location far from the main artistic centers, from Paris to New York, and explores the development of alternative scenes generated in art schools and academies, namely the School of Art Institute of Chicago, which critically competed or opposed Minimal Art's industrial and essential approach.

Fondazione Prada
Largo Isarco

Exhibition view. Photo: Roberto Marossi
Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Identity by:
2x4, Michael Rock - New York