About this artwork
Chicago native Tony Fitzpatrick is both an artist and a poet. He has been a fixture of the Chicago-area art scene since the 1980s, and in 2009 was proclaimed by Newcity as the “best iconic Chicago personality now that Studs [Terkel] is gone.” Prints illustrating his poem Bum Town amply demonstrate Fitzpatrick’s reflections on his beloved hometown in word and image. This book-length poem, published in 2001, is a gritty homage to his father and the disappearing Chicago of his own youth. Fitzpatrick’s verse recounts memories of driving around Chicago in his father’s Oldsmobile as together they listened to a White Sox baseball game on the radio. The duo wind their way through the city’s streets, recalling various now-long-gone landmarks on their way to return the ghost of Fitzpatrick’s uncle, who died as a child, to his resting place in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Tony Fitzpatrick
- Our Joe
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- Etching with aquatint in black on cream wove paper
- Image: 14.1 × 11.7 cm (5 9/16 × 4 5/8 in.); Plate: 15 × 12.5 cm (5 15/16 × 4 15/16 in.); Sheet: 25.5 × 22.9 cm (10 1/16 × 9 1/16 in.)
- Gift of Mickey Cartin in honor of the artist
- © Tony Fitzpatrick.