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"Tony Fitzpatrick: Max and Gaby's Alphabet"
2001-03-10 until 2001-05-13
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
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
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
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
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.
R is for Robot, 1999
Courtesy of Artist