Discover the intricate world of Alice Shaddle (1928 – 2017), an artist whose practice centered more than 60 years on paper-based creations in Chicago. The exhibition introduces Shaddle’s ingenious, original manipulations of paper; including daring papier maché bas relief sculpture; shadow boxes with haunting visages; enigmatically constructed and layered collaged objects; documentation and remnants from Shaddle’s elaborate, immersive installations with related, large-scale colored pencil drawings; and her meticulously constructed, cut paper mosaic collage compositions. The exhibition will reveal Shaddle’s intensive modes of working and inventive use of materials. Among these is a collection of handcrafted collaged notecards with missives to her closest artist friend, Kathryn Kucera, revealing her sharp sense of humor and evidence of their deep friendship and support for each others’ creative lives.
The exhibition explores Shaddle’s life and work in the context of Chicago’s kaleidoscopic art world from the 1960s into the 2000s, highlighting her association with Artemisia Gallery for many years, her life in the George Blossom House, a residential property in Hyde Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, where Shaddle lived for over fifty years. The exhibition will include interactive programming for all ages and a catalog.
Fuller Circles is informed by a three-year research project into the lives and works of Alice Shaddle and artist/curator Don Baum, in which exhaustive images and information on Shaddle’s life and work were gathered and organized. Many artists, scholars, critics, and friends of Alice Shaddle and Don Baum were interviewed. The research project was conducted by Shaddle and Baum’s son, Charlie Baum, and grandson, Cain Baum, with assistance from art historian Susan Weininger. The launch of a major online catalogue raisonné of Shaddle’s and Baum’s work will coincide with the exhibition.
banner image: Alice Shaddle, Pool, 1984, colored pencil on paper, 47 x 69 in.