1960’s Artist Ahead of Her Time Finally Gets Recognition

Hairy Who artist Suellen Rocca with her painting “Curly Head” (1967), unidentified materials and unspecified dimensions (photo by Bob Kotalik, Chicago Sun-Times, courtesy Pentimenti Productions)

Hairy Who artist Suellen Rocca with her painting “Curly Head” (1967) (photo by Bob Kotalik, Chicago Sun-Times, courtesy Pentimenti Productions)

Sometimes recognition comes early, then the attention fades. Some artists are appreciated late in life. Lately, there has been a revival of Mid-Century Modern (1950’s era art and design) and 1960s and 1970’s under-appreciated artists.

Suellen Rocca and the other Hairy Who artists are part of a larger group of 1960’s Chicago based artists known as the Chicago Imagists. You can find out more about each these artists and view their work on the website The Chicago Imagists here.

On The Chicago Imagist site, click on the circle of color bands to review the artists–or click the image below–

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Hyerallergic has a lengthy article on these artists here.

Suellen Rocca, Game, ca. 1966-67. Oil on canvas, 27¾ x 30⅞ inches.

Suellen Rocca, Game, ca. 1966-67. Oil on canvas, 27¾ x 30⅞ inches.

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