Paschke’s depiction of the famous and infamous, as well as his inclination towards pop culture subject matter, was inspired by Andy Warhol’s first museum exhibition, which was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) in 1970. Shortly after, Paschke’s work was shown at the MCA (1972), the Whitney Biennale (1973) and in commercial galleries in Chicago and New York.
Paschke taught at local colleges and universities, including SAIC, Columbia and Northwestern. One of the highlights of his career was a traveling retrospective mounted by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989.
Paschke’s artistic presence in Chicago began as a contributor within a large rotating cast of artists dubbed the Chicago Imagists. The artist soon went on to distinguish himself by pulling subjects from tabloids and adding a social or political dimension to his work. The last series of art by the artist was highly patterned, decoratively embellished likenesses from history, religion and politics. These icons were symbols of American identity, values, dreams and nightmares.
Also on display is Vaca Victoria, Ed Paschke’s contribution to Chicago’s “Cows on Parade” in 1999. The sculpture was only displayed for three days before it was withdrawn from public view because of its controversial inclusion of gang signs. The Ed Paschke Art Center is free and open to the public, operating seven days a week.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will host a Made in Chicago auction, as well as a panel discussion on collecting locally, in support of Art Design Chicago. A number of Ed Paschke works will be offered at auction and will be available for viewing during the sale’s exhibition, which is free and open to the public.
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