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Corbett vs. Dempsey: WALTER HAMADY - Merit Badge
East Wing: Bookish
- 25 July 2014 to 23 Aug 2014

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25 July 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3rd Floor
IL 60622
Chicago, IL
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Walter Hamady, detail of Merit Badge, 1968
graphite, gouache, collage, and cut matboard
13 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches
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Artists in this exhibition: Walter Hamady, Richard Artschwager, Sarah Canright, Arturo Herrera, Dick Higgins, Gary Hill, Alison Knowles, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, Rodney Quiriconi, H.C. Westermann, Steve Wolfe, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung


Walter Hamady
Merit Badge

July 25 - August 23, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 3:00-6:00pm.

For its mid-summer exhibition, Corbett vs. Dempsey is very pleased to announce Merit Badge, an exhibition of work by Walter Hamady.

An heroic figure to adventurous book designers, Hamady has been at the forefront of innovative book arts for 50 years. He baptized his imprint, The Perishable Press Limited, in 1964, publishing books of poetry by a range of writers including Paul Auster, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, and Diane Wakoski. Among his major achievements is the introduction of the Gabberjabb, a series of meta-books, miraculously designed, often centered on text by Hamady himself. Hamady’s bookworks are each conceived and executed with extreme attention to detail, and they are as varied as the words they bear, some involving collaborations with visual artists such as Ellen Lanyon, Jack Beal, and Warrington Colescott. Hamady brought his own artistic vision to his book design, having already established a studio practice in the 1950s, making intricate collages and assemblages. Merit Badge surveys five decades of Hamady, featuring a selection of Perishable books, old and new box assemblages, and a group of stunning, lascivious, late-’60s cut matboard collages that give the show its title.

Accompanying the exhibition is a 64-page catalog, full color, with vintage photos and a short essay by John Corbett, featuring six never-published excerpts from Hamady’s lifelong journal, dipping into the multi-thousand-page tome at ten-year intervals


Bookish featuring Artschwager, Canright, Herrera, Higgins, Hill, Knowles, Marshall, Nauman, Quiriconi, Westermann, Wolfe, and Zuckerman-Hartung

July 25 - August 23, 2014
East Wing

Opening reception: Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 3:00-6:00pm.

To complement Hamady’s show, Corbett vs. Dempsey has assembled Bookish, an exhibition of book-related works by a diverse range of artists. These include more conceptually oriented pieces by Bruce Nauman (a gorgeous 1968 bookwork), Gary Hill, and Richard Artschwager, a rare, early, accordion-fold book by Kerry James Marshall, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung’s book-painting “The Worl of Matisse,” a vibrant painted book by Arturo Herrera, an exquisite 1970s book of woven paper by Sarah Canright, gritty book assemblages by Allison Knowles and Rodney Quiriconi, and an insanely cool facsimile book by Steve Wolfe, one of the most dogged book-investigator-artists.

Featuring Richard Artschwager, Sarah Canright, Arturo Herrera, Dick Higgins, Gary Hill, Alison Knowles, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, Rodney Quiriconi, H.C. Westermann, Steve Wolfe, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

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