Galerie Gugging

Purvis Young at the Intuit, Chicago

30/06/ - 04/09/23


We would like to draw your attention to the newly opened exhibition Purvis Young: Works on Paper and Recent Acquisitions at the Intuit in Chicago, USA.

Purvis Young (American, 1943–2010) lived most of his adult life in Overtown, a neighborhood in Miami, where his art flourished and continues to be celebrated. Young, an observer and unofficial historian of Overtown, recorded and portrayed the everyday lives, stories, woes and systemic traumas of the Black experience of which he was a part and a witness. He drew inspiration directly from his community, personal relationships, local television, public radio and the library, which he frequented. As he expressed in a 2005 interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, “I paint the problems of the world”. The materials he used, such as wood scraps, paper, Masonite, plywood and found books were collected from his neighborhood and nearby construction sites.

While public works remain a large part of Young’s legacy, Purvis Young: Works on Paper offers an intimate glimpse at the work Young produced using paper, a material frequently employed in his oeuvre of more than 3,000 artworks. This exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition of these pieces from the Daniel Aubry Collection.

We are happy to be able to present one of Young’s works in our permanent exhibition.