Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits
September 16, 2015 - January 1, 2016
Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits presented a selection of Barbara Rossi’s enigmatic graphite and colored pencil drawings from the late 1960s and her meticulously rendered reverse paintings on Plexiglas from the early 1970s. Rossi first exhibited her work in late-1960s Chicago where she became associated with the Chicago Imagists, a group of young artists known for their shared interest in non-Western and popular imagery, their pursuit of vivid and distorted figurative work, and their fondness for comic gags or puns. Rossi’s disorienting compositions, however, remained idiosyncratic even among an eclectic set of peers.
Poor Traits marked Rossi’s first museum exhibition in New York as well as the most significant presentation of her work since the early 1990s. The exhibition toured from the New Museum to the DePaul University Art Museum.