R. Crumb retrospective in NYC

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The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York is presenting "R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper," a retrospective of the world's greatest living illustrator.

This 90-piece exhibit showcases rare and seminal examples of original art including covers and interior pages from ZAP, San Francisco Comic Book, Head Comix, Bijou Funnies, The East Village Other, Snatch Comics, Motor City Comics, Your Hytone Comix, Big Ass Comics, The People's Comics, Despair, Black & White Comics, Arcade, Hup and Weirdo. This exhibit features such counter-culture icons as Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, Shuman the Human, Bo Bo Bolinski, Lenore Goldberg and Her Girl Commandos, Horny Harriet Hotpants, Boingy Baxter, Angelfood McSpade and a special guest appearance by the ol' pooperoo himself -- R. Crumb. Works will be on display for six weeks, beginning March 23rd through April 30th in the Museum's galleries in New York City's Upper East Side.

Robert Crumb (b. 1943) is considered the premiere underground comix artist of his generation. Beginning with the launch of Zap Comics in 1967, Crumb deconstructed the American comic book, revolutionizing the form forever. Over four decades later, his impact continues to be felt worldwide.

My friend Monte Beauchamp (BLAB! magazine founder) is curating it.

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See more pieces from the show after the jump.

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  1. I see from the Society’s site that Mr Crumb will also be performing with an old time music group at the Society on the 26th. Sold out, unfortunately.

  2. This looks like the same touring exhibition of Crumb’s work that touched down at the Santa Ana Grand Central Art Museum here in California (2009) – the exhibit is a deceptively modest one, but full of original Crumb pencil drawings, original mechanical paste-up boards and Crumb’s special painted spool art. It’s a great way to truly get up and close to an astounding artist. I REALLY enjoyed seeing Crumb’s “blue pencil” under drawing for his comic panels

    1. It’s not the same exhibit, and it’s also not full of “original Crumb pencil drawings, original mechanical paste-up boards and Crumb’s special painted spool art.” This exhibit is PRIME real state: all the great original comic book pages, along with Key cover, that made Crumb famous.

      1. “It’s not the same exhibit, and it’s also not full of “original Crumb pencil drawings, original mechanical paste-up boards and Crumb’s special painted spool art.”

        For me, seeing the original paste-ups for many of his early comic book covers
        was even better than seeing the finished products. If I’m not mistaken there were
        even some development drawings for the “Cheap Thrills” album cover. Also
        they had several of the original “jam” drawings done in cahoots with Spain
        Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson and others (along with a short film of the
        artists drawing together in SF) – sadly, the Crumb exhibit I saw was
        held in downtown Santa Ana, not exactly a bustling Paris or London – therefore
        the show was poorly attended – I would like to find out how much
        this new NYC show differs from the touring exhibit of two years ago

  3. Unless this show travels to Honolulu I won’t be seeing it…too bad, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. Referring to R. Crumb as “The Ol’ Pooperoo” is a nice poetic and obscure reference that will reward the informed and confound the uninformed.

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