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Ed Paschke Art Center Unveiling 20 New Paintings From Artist's Repertoire

By Alex Nitkin | May 16, 2017 6:09am
 The 1972 painting
The 1972 painting "Bag Boots" is one of 20 new paintings by artist Ed Paschke coming to the Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins Ave., as part of a new exhibit debuting Saturday.
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Ed Paschke Art Center

CHICAGO — The Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins Ave., will unveil a new collection of paintings Saturday by the gallery's namesake, curators announced.

Titled "Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago," the installation promises to bring 20 new paintings that have never been seen in the United States before, thanks to a collaboration with the Vermont-based Hall Art Foundation.

Paschke spent his entire life and career in the city, with the exception of a 26-year teaching stint at Northwestern University, and he died in 2004 at age 65. His explosive and colorful style is often described as "pop art" in the vein of Andy Warhol, but his decades of work defy any single genre, according to Vesna Stelcer, the gallery's director.

"Some people have called him a pop artist, or a surrealist, but ... curators called him a visionary," Stelcer said. "He himself had a quote that 'They either love [his art] or hate it, but they're never indifferent to it,' and you see that in this exhibit.”

"Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago" will remain in place until Dec. 10, Stelcer said.