Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton

June 10 through September 11, 2022

Very little is known about Rick Barton (1928-1992), who, between 1958 and 1962, created hundreds of drawings of striking originality. His subjects range from the intimacy of his room to the architecture of Mexican cathedrals, and from the gathering places of Beat-era San Francisco to the sinuous contours of plants.

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Rick Barton (1928–1992)
Untitled sketchbook, detail, 1962
Brush and ink on accordion-folded book
28 panels, 11 × approx. 231 in. (28 × 586.7 cm) unfolded
Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Libraries, MS 95e. Photography by Tom O’Connell.

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