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Gladys Nilsson: Out of This World

August 6, 2020 – June 6, 2021

illustration of a woman surrounded by smaller scenes and people against a backdrop of shapes and trees
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Chicago Imagist and Hairy Who artist, Gladys Nilsson humorously incorporates observations from the everyday into her densely-packed and vibrant works of art. Whether she is in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or boarding a plane, Nilsson delights in the interactions of people, distinct pieces of clothing, and odd bits of conversation. The resulting works underscore our flawed and shared humanity while highlighting the comical interactions that pervade the mundane.

Out of This World includes layered collages, watercolors, paintings, and prints that span 40 years of Nilsson’s career.

Now you can also view the entire Out of This World exhibition online. Simply click the link below to enjoy the 3-D virtual tour from anywhere, any time.

Artwork

Landed Badgirls-with-horns. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1969. Medium: watercolor on paper.

Landed Badgirls-with-horns

1969

Gladys Nilsson

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Sites Unscene. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 2001. Medium: hard ground etching with aquatint on paper.

Sites Unscene

2001

Gladys Nilsson

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Veggie Great. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1970. Medium: watercolor on paper.

Veggie Great

1970

Gladys Nilsson

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Problematical Tripdickery. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1984. Medium: color etching and drypoint on paper.

Problematical Tripdickery

1984

Gladys Nilsson

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Dish Jockey. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1993. Medium: etching with chine collé on paper.

Dish Jockey

1993

Gladys Nilsson

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Little Walk. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1997. Medium: etching with aquatint on paper.

Little Walk

1997

Gladys Nilsson

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Hmmm. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1997. Medium: etching on paper.

Hmmm

1997

Gladys Nilsson

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Ern. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1999. Medium: watercolor and gouache on paper.

Ern

1999

Gladys Nilsson

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Questionable Place. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 2001. Medium: watercolor and gouache on paper.

Questionable Place

2001

Gladys Nilsson

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Some Other Tree. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 2001. Medium: watercolor and gouache on paper.

Some Other Tree

2001

Gladys Nilsson

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Pearly Shade. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 2005. Medium: watercolor and gouache on paper.

Pearly Shade

2005

Gladys Nilsson

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Quartets Recording. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1965. Medium: watercolor.

Quartets Recording

1965

Gladys Nilsson

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The Big Girl. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 2009. Medium: watercolor on paper.

The Big Girl

2009

Gladys Nilsson

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Striding Pinkie. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1967. Medium: acrylic on Plexiglas, reverse painting, in artist's painted frame.

Striding Pinkie

1967

Gladys Nilsson

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Armport. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1967. Medium: acrylic on Plexiglas, reverse painting, in artist's painted frame.

Armport

1967

Gladys Nilsson

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Jumping Pink Floorshow. Artist: Gladys Nilsson. Date: 1967. Medium: acrylic on Plexiglas, reverse painting, in artist's painted frame.

Jumping Pink Floorshow

1967

Gladys Nilsson

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