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Drew Friedman, Caricaturist With “Chops, Passion and Sweat*”

Posted by jtebeau on April 22, 2012

A quick note here: legendary illustrator and caricaturist Drew Friedman is featured in an art show at the Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn, with an opening next week. DREW FRIEDMAN, you guys! Opening reception is April 27. Be there! I won’t be, for the love of Pete. I’ll be in New Orleans. Dang it.

 

* says Steve Brodner, one of the best political caricaturists in the biz

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Crumb, the Next Generation: Sophie’s Show Opens in NYC

Posted by jtebeau on November 15, 2010

Sophie Crumb’s first solo art show opened this month at DCKT Contemporary here in Manhattan. I went with Mike “Art in Brooklyn” Sorgatz and we took it in. I was curious to see what this young woman was doing artistically, the daughter of two well-known neurotic artists, and I was particularly motivated because I felt I knew her since she was a little girl. By gad, her dad Robert has been documenting the [actually fascinating] minutiae of her life (as well as everything in HIS life) through his cartoons for decades now. On the verge of 30, little Sophie (love that name; the goddessness of it and all) is all growed up. I wanted to see what she was producing.

 

Sophie at nine, by Robert & Aline

 

 

"Sophie Manson" by Sophie herself

Her work is good. She’s got skills, especially in the ink-and-watercolor department, something I really admire. She comments on life’s gruesome and absurd truthiness, not unlike her folks. The stuff of hers that I saw was less autobiographical, though – more akin to the paintings her uncle Maxon did. An outsider looking in, like Tocqueville or Magaret Mead.

 

The scene at the opening was good. A lively mix of odd comic geeks and LES/Bushwick hipster-artist types. Bottles of Miller on ice. Many pieces sold. Go get ’em Soph’.

 

Uncle Max and an original oil of his

"La Vraie Vie Des People" by Sophie (2010)

"Snooki Gets Booky" by Sophie (2010)

Dad Robert (in cap) at Sophie's opening (courtesy Slum Goddess)

The show runs till December 30, 2010 at DCKT Contemporary in Manhattan.

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In New York, It Heats Up in the Fall

Posted by jtebeau on October 5, 2010

... and a tip o' the hat to Bruegel the Elder

Something about the energy of fall…. Why is it that when nature starts shutting down, we humans start revving up? Maybe it’s a leftover, Pavlovian reaction to the bounty of the harvest or some inherent understanding that we only have a handful of perfect days left before The Big Sleep of winter nails us indoors for a few months. We make the most of it, like the peasants in those Bruegel paintings going bananas at their rowdy little peasant parties. Bruegel – now there’s a fine cartoon artist, but not now, not now….

That autumn buzz goes back to childhood. School would start up, Halloween was just around the corner, and of course (perhaps most importantly), THE NEW TV SEASON STARTED. I believe it was Albert Brooks who said television was like heroin when you were a kid. Seemed that way to me, I guess, though I wouldn’t know for sure. I think I literally did convulse if the cable went out, having conniption fits if I missed an episode of “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” or “Dusty’s Trail.” You can understand. I was a visual kid. Who didn’t play football.

And in New York, fall is When Everything Starts Happening Again, after, it’s implied, three months of Nothing Important Going On. Actually, except for the vomit-sauna effect of certain special streets and a forced reliance on wicked, wicked air conditioning, I sort of dig summer in NYC, provided I know that I have the option to split. It’s not so crowded and there’s actually plenty to do. It’s just really, really farging hot und shticky while you’re doing it. But there’s stuff to do. In the fall though…. Ahh, that’s when the real action goes down. Like art openings.

Which brings me to the point: this week at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, three-count-em-three shows open, with a great big reception tonight from 7:30 to 9:00 tonight: Tuesday the 5th. MoCCA is celebrating the work of three excellent artists, who have all contributed admirably to the great American art form that is cartooning: Al Jaffee, father of the Mad Fold-In and “snappy answers to stupid questions,” Liza Donnelly of New Yorker fame and underground comix kahuna Denis Kitchen, a pioneer of the scene (daddy-o) and founder of the venerable Kitchen Sink Press.

Jaffee!

Donnelly!

Kitchen!

All three exhibits run through January 30 of 2011, so there’s plenty of time to check them out. I recommend stopping by the opening tonight, though. It’s autumn. It’s on. And nothing happens after the holidays. You know that.

And for your nostalgic, boob-tube enjoyment:

Darren McGavin: The Man.

And if you remember this one, you get a Coke….

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A Mighty Fine Cartoon Art Show… and How You Can Sponsor It

Posted by jtebeau on September 9, 2010

If you’re not already familiar with Kickstarter.com, you ought to be, and here’s a good way to get your feet wet.

Al Jaffee, the genius behind Mad magazine’s fold-ins, snappy answers to stupid questions and magnificent what-if inventions is getting a show at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. MoCCA is looking for help funding the exhibition and using Kickstarter to get it. You can donate as little as $1, but a little more gets you a little something.

  • Donate $10 and you’re listed as a “backer” on the MoCCA website and at the exhibition
  • $25 will get you a limited-edition poster signed by Al
  • $50, and they’ll also throw in a copy of Al’s new autobiography and a limited edition T-shirt
  • $100 and you’ll get the exhibition VIP tour with Al and the curators
  • $500 ups the ante with a VIP dinner with Al and the curators
  • $1000 and you get into heaven, no questions asked. Oh, and a MoCCA lifetime membership

Writer(s) Wil Forbis said Al will “go down in history as our greatest American.” Screw Franklin, Washington, Shatner and those other pikers. Support Al Jaffe today. Riiiight HERE.

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Robert Williams Show at Tony Shafrazi Gallery

Posted by jtebeau on May 21, 2010

One of the best fine cartoon art shows I’ve seen in a while was Robert Williams at Tony Shafrazi‘s in Manhattan a few months back. Thought I’d share a few pictures from it…

He calls it “Lowbrow Art”. I think it fits comfortably into the Fine Cartoon Art genre as well.

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Manga’s Great Great Great Granddaddy, on View through June

Posted by jtebeau on May 3, 2010

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Mitsukuni Defies a Skeleton Specter (detail), 1845-46. Color woodblock print, 14 5/6 x 29 7/8 in. The British Museum, JA 1915.8-23.0915, 0916. Photo © Trustees of the British Museum.

“Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters” at the Japan Society Gallery (333 E. 47th St.) will blow your mind.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi‘s bold, vibrant prints look like they were made yesterday, though in fact they were printed by the ukiyo-e master over 150 years ago. (and a tip-o-the-hat to Joanna Hecker for that one) They’re cartoony and powerful, graphically detailed and visually arresting. They’re at once familiar and of another world, and you can see them till June 15 on New York’s east side.

Arthur R. Miller collected most of the pieces in this exhibition, and was originally drawn to Kuniyoshi’s depictions of powerful samurais and warriors. Subtle messages lurk behind these colorful scenes: the artist made an end-run around the official censors of the day using symbols and metaphor to criticize their policies. The bureaucrats missed the point, but viewers in the know got it. The power of subversive cartooning strikes again.

Mr. Miller, who taught civil procedure at Harvard Law School for 36 years, is donating his collection of 2,000 works to the British Museum, which promised to keep the collection in tact.

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