Accompanying an exhibition at the University of Chicago s Smart Museum of Art, this book is the definitive introduction to Chicago s first artistic movement, the Monster Roster.
The volume includes an overview of the artists involved, such as Leon Golub, June Leaf, Seymour Rosofsky, and Nancy Spero; an introduction to the historical context surrounding the group s emergence in the 1950s; and a discussion of Monster Roster prints. In addition, key texts can be found reprinted here, such as Jean Dubuffet s 1951 lecture Anticultural Positions and Franz Schulze s 1972 essay Chicago: The Setting and the Group. Containing full-color reproductions of many Monster Roster works, ephemera, and historical photographs, as well as a detailed chronology and exhibition history, "Monster Roster" is a long-awaited history of one of the most essential Midwestern contributions to American art.
Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago
University of Chicago, David & Alfred Smart Museum
Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago