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The Music of Slaughter

A work made of etching and aquatint in black on cream wove paper.
© Tony Fitzpatrick.

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  • A work made of etching and aquatint in black on cream wove paper.




Tony Fitzpatrick
American, born 1958

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.


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Tony Fitzpatrick


The Music of Slaughter


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Etching and aquatint in black on cream wove paper


Image: 19.4 × 24.2 cm (7 11/16 × 9 9/16 in.); Plate: 20.1 × 25.1 cm (7 15/16 × 9 15/16 in.); Sheet: 35.5 × 40.5 cm (14 × 16 in.)

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Gift of Mickey Cartin in honor of the artist

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© Tony Fitzpatrick.

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