Exhibit Review: Graphic Life

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Exhibit Review: Graphic Life

Sara Trapper Spielman

Cover from 'Maus.'
Courtesy of The Jewish Museum, NY. 
"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.

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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