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Installation view of Ed Paschke​.

Installation view of Ed Paschke.

Installation view of Ed Paschke​.

Installation view of Ed Paschke​.

Ed Paschke, Visiter, 1993

Ed Paschke, Visiter, 1993. Oil on canvas; 36 x 48 in (91.4 x 121.9 cm) EPAS052

Ed Paschke, Ballon Illustree, 1996 EPAS001

Ed Paschke, Ballon Illustree, 1996. Oil on linen; 50 x 78 in (127 x 198.1 cm) EPAS001

Ed Paschke, Red Green Buddha, 2000. EPAS002

Ed Paschke, Red Green Buddha, 2000. Oil on linen; 60 x 78 in (152.4 x 198.1 cm) EPAS002

Ed Paschke, Mano Giallo, 2000. EPAS024

Ed Paschke, Mano Giallo, 2000. Oil on linen; 36 x 24 in (91.4 x 61 cm) EPAS024

Ed Paschke, Caldo, 2001. EPAS027

Ed Paschke, Caldo, 2001. Oil on linen; 24 x 36 in (61 x 91.4 cm) EPAS027

Ed Paschke, Success, 2002

Ed Paschke, Success, 2002. Oil on linen; 60 x 70 in (152.4 x 177.8 cm) EPAS029

Press Release

Ed Paschke
Frieze New York
Online Viewing Room
Preview: May 6-7, 2020
Public Days: May 8-15, 2020

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present a selection of work by Ed Paschke for the inaugural presentation of Frieze New York's Online Viewing Room. The presentation comprises a group of important and historic works by Ed Paschke, whose technicolor portraits of provocative subjects established him as one of the most important artists to emerge from Chicago in the last fifty years. Rising to prominence alongside a group of artists who came to be known as the Chicago Imagists, Paschke’s production was distinguished by the range of its references, which, at various moments in his career, included circus freaks, tattoo artists, physically deformed figures, ambiguously gendered bodies, and sideshow attractions. Supplementing his studio practice, Paschke took on various jobs, working as a factory hand and a psychiatric aide, experiences that connected him with the breadth and diversity of Chicago’s urban communities, while simultaneously informing the content of his practice. Celebrated for the technical mastery with which he rendered his figures, Paschke made paintings with nearly photorealistic precision, endowing his subjects with a confrontational, nearly physical presence. Following a major retrospective of his work at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, the presentation comprises a tightly focused group of major paintings that illustrate many of the major visual strategies that defined his production, blending references to circus posters, carnival acts, religious icons, tattooed figures, and dissolved figures. Taken together, the presentation highlights the singular force of Paschke’s imagery, positioning his work alongside that of the greatest figurative painters of his generation.

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