Matthew Marks Gallery

Suellen Rocca

  • Books and Catalogues


    Bradley, Paige K. Suellen Rocca: In Dreams, The Last Works. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2021. (forthcoming)

    Corbett, John, Jim Dempsey, Thea Liberty-Nichols, and Dennis Adrian. Private Eye: The Imagist Impulse in Chicago Art. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 2021.

    Surrealism in American Art. Paris: Groupe Flammarion, 2021.


    Eccles, Tom, and Amy Zion, eds. Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2020.


    Cooper, Rosie, Sarah McCrory, and Charlotte Baker. Chicago Imagists: 1960s–1970s. London: Hayward Gallery, 2019.

    Obrist, Hans Ulrich, ed. Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon. Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, 2019.

    One hundred drawings. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2019.


    Kron, Cat. Suellen Rocca Drawings. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2018.

    Nichols, Thea Liberty, Mark Pascale, and Ann Goldstein. Hairy Who? 1966–1969. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018.

    Zorach, Rebecca, and Marissa H. Baker. The Time is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960–1980. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art and University of Chicago Press, 2018.


    Celant, Germano. Famous Artists from Chicago: 1965–1975. Milan: Prada Foundation, 2017.

    Nadel, Dan, and Jenny Gibbs. Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago. Elmhurst, IL: Elmhurst Art Museum, 2017.


    Nadel, Dan, and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. Suellen Rocca. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2016.


    Nadel, Dan. The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966–1969. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2015.

    Warren, Lynne. Return of the Exquisite Corpse. Chicago: Printworks Gallery, 2015.


    Nadel, Dan. What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present. Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2014.


    Lincoln, Louise, ed. Re: Chicago. Chicago: DePaul Art Museum, 2012.


    Axsom, Richard H., Stephen Fleischman, Leah Kolb, Jane Simon, Lynne Warren, and Cécile Whiting. Chicago Imagists. Madison, WI: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011.


    Corbett, John. Art Green & Suellen Rocca: Imagist Classic Hits Vol. 1. Chicago: Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2007.

    Cozzolino, Robert. Art in Chicago: Resisting Regionalism, Transforming Modernism. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2007.


    Snyder, Scott H. Women and Chicago Imagism. Rockford, IL: Rockford Art Museum, 1996.

    Warren, Lynne. Art in Chicago: 1945–1995. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1996.


    Adrian, Dennis. Chicago Imagism: A 25 Year Survey. Davenport, IA: Davenport Museum of Art, 1994.


    Adrian, Dennis, and Richard A. Born. The Chicago Imagist Print: Ten Artists’ Works, 1958–1987, A Catalogue Raisonné. Chicago: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 1987.

    Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Suellen Rocca, Karl Wirsum. Geneva: Galerie Bonnier, 1983.


    Bowman, Russell. From Chicago. New York: Pace Gallery, 1982.


    Adrian, Dennis, Russell Bowman, Roger Brown, Tony Knipe, and Victor Musgrave. Who Chicago? An Exhibition of Contemporary Imagists. Sunderland, United Kingdom: Ceolfrith Gallery, Sunderland Arts Centre, 1980.

    Keefe, Katherine Lee. Some Recent Art from Chicago. Chapel Hill, NC: Ackland Art Museum at University of North Carolina, 1980.


    Adrian, Dennis. What They’re Up to in Chicago. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1973.


    Schulze, Franz. Fantastic Images: Chicago Art Since 1945. Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1972.


    Seventy-First Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1968.


    Seventieth Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1967.

  • Selected Articles


    Baran, Jessica. "Critics’ Picks: 'Private Eye: The Imagist Impulse in Chicago Art.'" Artforum, August 23, 2021 (online).

    Fateman, Johanna. “Suellen Rocca.” The New Yorker, December 6, 2021, p. 7.


    Borchhardt-Birbaumer, Brigitte. “Körper mit Fisch und Schlangen.” Wiener Zeitung, August 6, 2020.

    Cotter, Holland, Roberta Smith, and Jason Farago. "The Most Important Moments in Art in 2020." The New York Times, December 4, 2020 (online).

    Donahue, Allison Grimaldi. “Suellen Rocca Secession / Vienna.” Flash Art, October 28, 2020 (online).

    Dusini, Matthias. “Wasserschlangen im Lungenwald.” Falter (Vienna), August 26, 2020, p. 93.

    Grabner, Michelle, Sarah McCrory, and Jeanette Pacher. “Suellen Rocca’s Pictorial Freedom.” Frieze, April 20, 2020 (online).

    Greenberger, Alex. “Suellen Rocca, Imaginative Artist Whose Influence Loomed Large on Chicago Scene, Is Dead at 76.” ARTnews, March 29, 2020 (online).

    Kennedy, Randy. "Suellen Rocca, 76, a Founding Member of the Art Group the Hairy Who." The New York Times, April 14, 2020, p. B12.

    Nilsson, Gladys. “Passages: Suellen Rocca (1943–2020).” Artforum, April 3, 2020 (online).

    Obrist, Hans Ulrich, and Suellen Rocca. “In-Between Repetition and Variation.” Mousse Magazine, no. 71, Spring 2020, pp. 218–37.

    “Suellen Rocca (1943–2020).” Artforum, March 31, 2020 (online).


    “The Artist’s Artists.” Artforum 58, no. 4, December 2019, pp. 78–92.

    Nadel, Dan. “Hairy Who? 1966–1969: The Art Institute of Chicago.” Artforum 57, no. 6, February 2019, pp. 166–67.


    Binlot, Ann. “‘I was not focused on commercial galleries’: Suellen Rocca on her Practice, Hairy Who, and the Chicago Art Scene.” Document Journal, October 9, 2018 (online).

    Borrelli, Christopher. “New books reveal the history of Chicago art: Hairy Who? 1966–1969.” Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2018, Arts and Entertainment, pp. 1, 3.

    Bradley, Paige Katherine. “Suellen Rocca’s Graphite Gorgeousness Can Rock Our World.” Garage Magazine, September 20, 2018 (online).

    Fateman, Johanna. “Suellen Rocca.” The New Yorker, October 22, 2018, p. 8.

    Johnson, Paddy. “Pop Erotica and 8 Centuries of Fantasy: NYC’s Fall Gallery Season Is Its Best in Years.” Observer, September 20, 2018 (online).

    MacMillan, Kyle. “Who was Hairy Who? The Art Institute Exhibit Clarifies the Influential Chicago Group.” Chicago Sun-Times, September 20, 2018 (online).

    Mendelsohn, Meredith. “10 Wonderful Under-the-Radar Fall Gallery Shows.” Introspective Magazine, September 23, 2018 (online).

    Rudick, Nicole. “Suellen Rocca Turns an Inward Eye.” Hyperallergic, October 13, 2018.

    Wilson, Perri. “Hairy Who? The Art Institute Has the Answer.” The Chicago Maroon, October 4, 2018 (online).


    Evans, Dayna. “11 Female Art Professors and Teachers on Their Favorite Female Artists.” The Cut, March 22, 2017 (online).

    Greenberger, Alex, and Andrew Russeth. “Wait—What Was That?!: History’s Bygone Art Movements.” ARTnews, April 26, 2017 (online).

    Sheets, Hilarie M. “Hidden Lights.” ARTnews, Spring 2017, p. 60.

    Vitali, Marc. “Pinball Meets Paschke in ‘Kings and Queens’ Exhibition.” WTTW, March 13, 2017 (online).


    “10 Art Exhibitions You Need to Check Out This Month.” High Snobriety, September 7, 2016 (online).

    “Best of 2016: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows.” Hyperallergic, December 27, 2016.

    Bradley, Paige. “Critics’ Picks: Suellen Rocca.” Artforum, September 16, 2016 (online).

    Gopnik, Blake. “Suellen Rocca: A Woman’s Take on the ‘Hairy Who.’” Artnet News, September 29, 2016 (online).

    Juhn, Mina. “Suellen Rocca at Matthew Marks Gallery.” ArteFuse, November 8, 2016 (online).

    Kreimer, Julian. “Suellen Rocca.” Art in America 104, no. 11, December 2016, p. 121.

    Piepenbring, Dan. “Bare Shouldered Beauty.” The Paris Review, September 27, 2016 (online).

    “Suellen Rocca.” The New Yorker, September 22, 2016 (online).

    Zevitas, Steven. “17 Artists (+2) To Watch in 2017.” New American Paintings, December 20, 2016 (online).


    Bradley, Paige K. “Critics’ Picks: ‘What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present.’” Artforum, July 2015 (online).

    Nadel, Dan. “Suellen Rocca in the 1960s.” Hyperallergic, August 1, 2015.

    Greenberger, Alex. “1,000 Miles from Normal: The Hairy Who Artists on Their Comic Books and Their Countercultural Energy.” ARTnews, July 9, 2015 (online).

    Smith, Roberta. “‘What Nerve!’ Presents an Alternative History of American Art.” The New York Times, August 7, 2015, p. C21.

    Steadman, Ryan. “The Art World’s Seismic Shift Back to the Oddball.” Observer, August 6, 2015 (online).

    Viveros-Fauné, Christian. “Freaks and Geeks Dominate Matthew Marks Survey of Alternative Artists Since the 1960s.” Artnet News, July 31, 2015 (online).


    Borelli, Christopher. “Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists Get Their Due in New Doc.” Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2014 (online).

    Casadio, Mariuccia. “Chicago Imagists.” Vogue (Italy) February 2014, p. 286.

    Frank, Priscilla. “Here Is Your Nasty, Glorious, Freewheeling Alternative History of American Art.” Huffington Post, October 30, 2014.

    Griffin, Jonathan. “What Nerve!” The Art Newspaper, September 2014.

    Hoberman, J. “Grotesque, Garish, Exuberant American Art.” The New York Review of Books: NYR Daily, October 28, 2014 (online).

    Johnson, Ken. “Recognizing a Vibrant Underground: ‘What Nerve!’ at the RISD Museum.” The New York Times, September 25, 2014, p. C30.

    Jones, J. R. “The Where and Why of the Hairy Who.” The Chicago Reader, May 14, 2014.

    Le Beau, Christina. “A Curated Life: Suellen Rocca, Curator and Director of Exhibits at Elmhurst College.” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 31, 2014 (online).

    Macmillan, Kyle. “A Spotlight on Chicago’s Imagists.” The Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2014.

    Smee, Sebastian. “RISD’s ‘What Nerve!’ a Messy Showcase for Bold Artists.” Boston Globe, September 25, 2014.

    Vine, Richard. “Hairy Who: Funky, Folky, and Still Fresh.” Art in America, July 14, 2014 (online).


    Nadel, Dan. “A Hairy Who’s History of the Hairy Who.” The Ganzfeld, no. 3, 2003.


    Johnson, Ken. “Made in Chicago: Circa 1970.” The New York Times, November 15, 2002, p. E39.


    Zimmer, William. “Out of the Loop: Art from Chicago.” The New York Times, October 29, 2000, p. C14.


    Glatt, Cara. “Hairy Who Gets Up Close and Personal.” Hyde Park Herald, August 18, 1999, p. 10.

    Yood, James. “1968.” Artforum 35, no. 3, November 1996, p. 103.


    Brown, Roger. “Why Was Hairy Who?” Chicago Magazine, October 1988, pp. 136–41.


    Russell, John. “The Hairy Who and Other Messages from Chicago.” The New York Times, January 31, 1982, p. D29.


    Allen, Jane, and Derek Guthrie. “Chicago Regionalism?” Studio International, November 1973, pp. 182–86.


    Alloway, Lawrence. “Art.” The Nation, July 24, 1972, pp. 60–62.
    Davis, Douglas. “Monsters of Chicago.” Newsweek, June 12, 1972, p. 109.

    Kozloff, Max. “Inwardness: Chicago Art Since 1945.” Artforum, October 1972, pp. 51–55.

    Welish, Marjorie. “Chicago Imagist Art at the New York Cultural Center.” Arts Magazine, September/October 1972, pp. 56–57.


    Barry, Edward. “An Extended Exhibit for Illinois Artists.” Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1971.

    Haydon, Harold. “Two Ways to Look at ‘Radical Realism.’” Chicago Sun-Times, June 4, 1971, pp. 49–51.

    Schulze, Franz. “Art News in Chicago.” ARTnews, November 1971, pp. 49–55.

    Wells, Daniel. “Artful Codgers.” Chicago Tribune, April 4, 1971.


    Adrian, Dennis. “Aspects of Form Among Some Chicago Artists.” Art Scene, April 1969, pp. 10–14.

    Hoene, Ann. “Chicago and Hairy Who?” Art Gallery, May 1969, p. 66.

    Siegfried, Joan C. “The Spirit of the Comics.” Art and Artists, December 1969, pp. 18–21.


    Halstead, Whitney. “Chicago.” Artforum, October 1968, pp. 69–70.

    Kind, Joshua. “Notes on Pop.” Art Scene, July/August 1968, pp. 9–11.

    Schulze, Franz. “Eight Miles is a Long Way in the Art Biz.” Chicago Daily News, April 20, 1968, pp. 14–15.


    Alloway, Lawrence. “Art as Likeness: With a Note on Post Pop Art.” Arts Magazine, May 1967, pp. 34–39.

    Halstead, Whitney. “Chicago.” Artforum, May 1967, pp. 64–66.

    “New Chicago Art Rocks with Excitement.” Chicago Daily News, March 11, 1967.

    Schulze, Franz. “An Exuberant Era Takes Off in Chicago Art.” Chicago Daily News, March 11, 1967.

    ———. “Chicago.” Art International, May 1967, pp. 41–44.


    Halstead, Whitney. “Chicago.” Artforum, Summer 1966, pp. 55–57.
    Schulze, Franz. “Chicago Popcycle.” Art in America, November/December 1966, pp. 102–04.

  • Artist's Books


    Suellen Rocca. Vienna: Secession, 2020.


    Hairy Who (cat-a-log)


    Hairy Who


    The Hairy Who Sideshow


    The Portable Hairy Who!