H.C. Westermann

Printmaker and sculptor Horace Clifford Westermann (1922 - 1981) is an artist’s artist: widely revered by his colleagues in the art world for his meticulous craftsmanship and bleak humor, but little known to the general public. As a veteran of World War II and the Korean War who struggled with the ramifications of modern warfare, Westermann’s dramatic personal history can be traced through his beguiling, surreal artworks. Pentimenti Productions’ new feature documentary will use cutting-edge 3-D filmmaking techniques to bring the beauty, mystery, comedy, and pain of Westermann’s work and life to a new generation of viewers. Production began in October of 2014 and completion is expected in late 2017. Archival research, script-writing, fundraising, and preliminary shooting are currently underway.

The Chicago Imagist Web Archive


This interactive online companion to Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists provides a new resource for all audiences - students, teachers, artists, researchers and art enthusiasts alike - to discover and explore Chicago Imagism online...

Explore the Chicago Imagists Archive to:
- Uncover additional archival material and interview footage not included in the movie,
- Read interpretive essays on the Who, What, and Where of the Chicago Imagist story,
- Find links to resources elsewhere on the web and in libraries to continue your research.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists

A lavishly-illustrated romp through Chicago Imagist art: the Second City scene that challenged Pop Art’s status quo in the 1960s, then faded from view. Forty years later, its funk and grit inspires artists from Jeff Koons to Chris Ware, making the Imagists the most famous artists you never knew...

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What people are saying about Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists:

“The year’s greatest art film…A joyous, graphic portrait of the artists and the period.”
- Gaper’s Block

“A brilliant treasure trove…The most comprehensive chronicle of Chicago's most vibrant, iconoclastic, and carnivalesque chapter in art history.” - Cine-file

"Illuminating...Helps fill a yawning gap in the conventional telling of American modern art’s story." - Hyperallergic

"Far from a dry litany of talking heads...A love letter." - Chicago Tribune

“Funky, folky, and still fresh.” - Art in America

“In short, you should watch the movie.” - Art F City

“Fulsomely intelligent…Charming and rambunctious…A delightful present day look at a past.” - Border Crossings

“Electric, lovely film-making…Must be seen by all Chicagoans and art lovers, as well as anyone who wants to feel superbly inspired…Engrossing and informative…[A] captivating tale.” - Chicagoist

"In Leslie Buchbinder the Chicago Imagists have found their video Vasari." - Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art (from the DVD liner notes)

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