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Miss E. Knows

Collage style painting on glass, purple figure with large nose.
© Jim Nutt

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  • Collage style painting on glass, purple figure with large nose.




Jim Nutt
American, born 1938

About this artwork

In early paintings such as this one, Jim Nutt referenced popular culture, particularly painted store windows and pinball machines, through his choice of medium and support: acrylic paint on Plexiglas. In addition, many elements relate to the comic-strip style of hard, crisp forms standing out boldly against simple backgrounds. In Miss E. Knows, Nutt also used a sequential format, incorporating small framed images in the upper-left corner of the painting. The work’s central subject is a grotesquely imagined, highly sexualized female figure—the artist’s satire of ideal beauty.

Nutt is a principal member of the Hairy Who, an irreverent group of artists who began exhibiting together in Chicago during the late 1960s. Their Surrealist-inspired work aimed at subverting artistic conventions and standards of taste, and they became known as part of the Chicago Imagist movement.


On View, Gallery 289


Contemporary Art


Jim Nutt


Miss E. Knows


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Acrylic on Plexiglas with aluminum and rubber; in artist's painted frame


192.1 × 131.1 cm (75 5/8 × 51 5/8 in.)

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Twentieth-Century Purchase Fund

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© Jim Nutt

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