Art Spiegelman’s Wordless has its final NYC performance March 13th

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Wordless! is a collaboration between artist Art Spiegelman and musician Phillip Johnston—but it’s really about Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross. The evening—which I was fortunate to catch last year—involves the Johnston Sextet improvising over a slide show of the wordless comics of the above as set up by Spiegelman. And Art being Art, […]

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston are touring with ‘Wordless’

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Wordless, a multimedia collaboration between Art Spiegelman and PHilip Johnston, is touring the country, and may just come to a city near you. If it does, run run to see it!
“Wordless” is, ironically, not wordless at all, but Spiegelman narrating a history of the early, silent woodcut graphic novels of the first half of the 2oth century, works by artists like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, Otto Nuckel, and Si Lewen. The projected comics are accompanied by improvised jazz styling by the a band led by Philip Johnston Band, and the evening is full of information, music and the magic of art and storytelling. YOu can read more about it on a tumblr Spiegelman has set up, (Spiegelman tumbles, says the headline) and here’s an article from SFGate with more thoughts on the venture. And here are the dates:

Spiegelman and Johnston’s WORDLESS! coming to the US

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or at least to BAM in Brooklyn. WORDLESS! originally was staged as a one-off in Sydney, Australia last year and features a multimedia mix of comics, music, and slideshow. Here’s a piece from The Australian on the debut. Better get tickets fast. Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: WORDLESS! Words / Music / Comix Picture stories […]