Robert W. Nickle



Images from the 1979 Art Institute catalogue
Images from the 1994 exhibition Robert Nickle:Retrospective

History & Timeline


History & Timeline

Catalog Essays

From the catalog of his 1979 show at the Art Institute of Chicago

From "Abstract Art in Chicago" University of Missouri

Gallery 400 Press Release 1994


"Heralding the quiet presence of Nickle" by Franz Schulze

"Collage Show Opens at Hoshour"

"Robert Nickle in Chicago" by Reagan Upshaw

"Nickle's gorgeous collages endure" by Alan Artner Chicago Tribune, October 20, 1995

"Creations of Collagist Speak Forcefully for Artist" Jeannie Lusk, Albuquerque Journal, March 2 1980

"Nothing wooden in Nickle collages at UIC" Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune, January 21, 1994

"Robert Nickle: A Retrospective" by John Brunetti, January, 1994


Reflections, Published by UIC

"Interview with Robert Nickle Part One" Reagan Upshaw, New Art Examiner, 1978

"Interview with Robert Nickle Part Two" Reagan Upshaw, New Art Examiner, November 1978


A luddite blog of recently spotted collages


Selected Excerpts from Reviews:

"In its sensibility of quiet deliberation, this is some of the finest art ever produced by an American artist." -Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune, October 20, 1995

"He is known in local art circles for exerting a quiet, but memorable, presence.  And those who have watched over the years know he is one of the best - in my opinion, one of the dozen best- artists working in Chicago today."  Franz Schulze, Chicago Sun Times, August 6, 1978

"While Bauhausian parameters are readily apparent, the artist sees himself as a participant in post-war American abstraction.  While Nickle is certainly not representative of the mainstream, his work nonetheless reveals significant affinities to that of the Abstract Expressionists.  For example, Nickle's is an art of reaction: he makes a mark and then plays his following marks against it."  Leon Upshaw

"Robert Nickle's collages evoke the passage of time and the present's ambiguity; they forshadow future disintegration.  By locking paper detrius-soiled, crumpled, cracked, folded, marked, printed, stained and decaying tags, wrappers, cardboards, foils, etc. - in a poetic time capsule, Nickle shows us where we've been, are, and by progression, what the future holds.  These emotive, romantic, ecological layers are as much a part of Nickle's pristine collages as the diverse layers of paper he uses, and they account in part for the appeal of his work.  As metaphors, they are testaments to matter's mortality."  Devonna Pieszak, New Art Examiner, February, 1980

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collages or people who might have been students of Nickle's at U of I or knew him in any other capacity.