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R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper A Retrospective of the work of R. Crumb

March 23 - April 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 25, 7:00pm, VIP Reception 6:00 - 7:00pm


The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present “R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper,” a diverse exhibition of work spanning the past four decades by the inimitable R. Crumb. 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.

“God bless Crumb. I’ve always been happy that there was someone as sick and twisted as I am.” —George Carlin

This retrospective, curated by BLAB! magazine founder Monte Beauchamp, editor of The Life and Times of R. Crumb (St. Martin’s Press), presents key pieces culled from the underground art collection of Eric Sack, with contributions from Paul Morris and John Lautemann. R. Crumb: Lines Drawn on Paper is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.



About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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