|Exhibit Review: Graphic Life|
"Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective," the first comprehensive retrospective of the famed comic artist in the United States, includes more than 300 pieces from five decades of Art Spiegelman’s career: his early work as underground cartoonist and editor in the 1960s and 1970s for comix magazines; famous Maus Holocaust strips from the 1980s (later gathered into a graphic novel; on display is the second volume’s original manuscript) recounting his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and Auschwitz; and political responses to 9/11. Preparatory sketches, final drawings and prints include a mix of racy, controversial illustrations and texts reflecting on memories, dreams and personal and global experiences.
Cover from 'Maus.'
Courtesy of The Jewish Museum, NY.
It is called graphic art for a reason—prepare to view some provocative and traumatic themes, including Spiegelman’s mother’s suicide. Also on display is art created for The New Yorker; trading cards and stickers designed for the Topps chewing gum company; RAW magazines published with wife Françoise Mouly; children’s picture books and videos of recent projects. Through March 23 at The Jewish Museum in New York (212-423-3200; www.thejewishmuseum.org).
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