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"Tony Fitzpatrick: Max and Gaby's Alphabet"
2001-03-10 until 2001-05-13
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, presents the latest series of prints by draftsman and printmaker Tony Fitzpatrick. Alphabet consists of 26 four-color etchings and is the starting point for a project to be launched in September 2001 designed to engage school children.

Max and Gaby's Alphabet is a children's alphabet that appeals to audiences of all ages with images such as 'A' is for 'Atomic,' 'C' is for 'Caterpillar,' and 'R' is for 'Robot.' Drawn in his characteristic style that is informed by sources such as children's books, field guides, circus posters, tattoo designs, and folk art, this series will premiere at the MCA before embarking on a statewide and national tour.

Tony Fitzpatrick has led an amazing life, said Curator Lynne Warren. He is a former boxer, disc jockey, and actor, and a wonderful poet whose newest book, Bum Town, looks at Chicago during the time of his late father. His wonderful, technically dazzling four-color etchings brim with all the rich experiences that have formed his larger-than-life personality.

Max and Gaby's Alphabet will be accompanied by a 72-page, fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by Jonathan Demme and Mickey Cartin, and will be available at Culturecounter, the MCA store and bookstore for $20.

An Illinois native, Tony Fitzpatrick has presented his work in numerous one-person exhibitions, principally at Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, and Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago. He has also been included in several group exhibitions and is represented in public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fitzpatrick founded the World Tattoo Gallery, which operated from 1990 to 1994 in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood and continues to operate Big Cat Press, which he founded in 1992.

IMAGE:
Tony Fitzpatrick
R is for Robot, 1999
Courtesy of Artist


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