Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. Best known for Maus, his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel about his parents’ survival of the Holocaust, Art Spiegelman (b. 1948) has produced a diverse body of work over the course of five decades that has blurred the boundaries between “high” and “low” art. This first U.S. retrospective spans Spiegelman’s career: from his early days in underground “comix” to the thirteen-year genesis of Maus, to more recent work including his provocative covers for The New Yorker, and artistic collaborations in new and unexpected media. The exhibition highlights Spiegelman’s painstaking creative process, and includes over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, as well as prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.
Spiegelman first made a name for himself as an artist and editor in underground comix, the graphic expression of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. As he matured as an artist, Spiegelman diverged from the sex and drug ethos of his peers and, in a postmodern fashion, increasingly challenged the narrative, visual, and structural possibilities of comics. He also began exploring themes that dominate his work to this day: intimate personal expression, memory, and history. In the 1980’s Spiegelman reinvigorated underground comics by co-founding the avant-garde magazine RAW with his wife Françoise Mouly. RAW showcased the most groundbreaking graphic artists of the time, as well as serially publishing chapters of the then work-in-progress Maus.
Maus recounted his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and at Auschwitz, as well as Spiegelman’s own complex relationship with his father Vladek. Eventually published in two volumes (in 1986 and 1991 respectively) by Pantheon, Maus was the first of its kind in content and format: the unique structure of the comics medium allowed the artist to navigate time and memory beyond the limitations of prose, creating a rich narrative that exploded the boundaries of comics and nonfiction.
Refusing to be defined by the overwhelming attention brought by this singular work, Spiegelman largely turned away from autobiography in the 1990s, instead writing and drawing for The New Yorker and other publications, and creating a series of children’s books. But after witnessing firsthand the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, he returned to personal narrative with his autobiographical account In the Shadow of No Towers (2004). This lifelong concern with memory and personal experience has continued in his short comic memoir Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@*&! (2008), and in Metamaus (2011), a meditation on his creative process and career.
A self-proclaimed “stylistic switch-hitter,” Spiegelman’s versatility and encyclopedic knowledge of comics history has allowed him to adapt his visual language to many contexts and audiences. For those most familiar with Maus, this retrospective exhibition will be revelatory— from his early formal experiments, to his honest self-exposés, to his provocative illustrations and comic essays, visitors will gain an intimate look at an artist who continuously pushes himself and his art to the edge. The exhibition will also explore his artistic collaborations in new and unexpected media, including a performance with the dance troupe Pilobolus. – See more at the link!
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave (at 92nd St) New York NY 10128
Art Spiegelman speaks at Northeastern University on Tuesday March 27, 2012 at 5:00pm.
“What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?”
A lecture with images
Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator and author of MAUS, In the Shadow of No Towers, and Breakdowns
The Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecture
Blackman Auditorium in Ell Hall
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation
Northeastern University — Blackman Auditorium
360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Art Spiegelman appears on Monday, March 26, 2012 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus
Monday, March 26, 7:30 pm
$20; $15 Member/Student with ID/Senior
$50 VIP Premium Ticket*
Winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award
Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman reenters Maus, the unforgettable biography of his father’s life during and after the Holocaust. Spiegelman delves into the book that consumed him for 13 years to discuss his survivor parents, the oxymoron of picturing life in a death camp, racist imagery and his beloved medium of comics. MetaMaus brilliantly deconstructs one of the most important works of art and literature of the 20th century, while providing insight into Spiegelman’s creative process.
Art Spiegelman is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 10 books, most notably Maus, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, formal complexity and often controversial content. His work has been published in numerous periodicals, including The New Yorker, where he was a staff artist and writer from 1993-2003.
“Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? Spiegelman answers intelligently, articulately, and with a high degree of psychological and aesthetic penetration.” Booklist, starred review
“Richly rewarding…The book also serves as a master class on the making and reading of comics…The last frame encapsulates in one single moment the artfulness behind the tale we’ve just read, and the uneasy combination of filial pride and anger that flowed through Maus and flows through Metamaus as well.” The New York Times Book Review
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Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Art Spiegelman lectures on Saturday September 24th at 4 pm.
Concordia’s Hall Building, H-110
1455 boul de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 Canada
Tickets $20 – available online now!
The SBC Gallery, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, and POP Montreal present What the %&*! Happened to Comics?, a lecture by Pulitzer?Prize-winning comic book icon Art Spiegelman. This unique event offers fans of the graphic narrative and comic art the opportunity to hear firsthand one of the great raconteurs of the medium. Spiegelman takes his audience on a highly entertaining chronological tour of the evolution of comics, emphasizing the value of this medium in our post?literate culture.
This is also a launch for Meta Maus, a companion to The Complete Maus.
Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware speak at the Whitney Museum on Wednesday July 20th at 7pm!
“The Kin-der-Kids” and “Wee Willie Winkie’s World,” the pioneering and popular comic strips that Lyonel Feininger debuted in 1906, formed the basis of many of his subsequent paintings, as the visual language of comics that he employed for his commercial work migrated into his canvases. The cross-pollination between comics and high art, which began in the early 20th century, also fed the extraordinary explosion of graphic novels and comics in the past several decades. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World, a panel of master comic artists, including Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, will discuss the intersection of comics and fine art. Moderated by John Carlin.
$8 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students; free for members.
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York NY 10021