A lot is going on in the NYC Comics world this week, but one of the MOST important events is tomorrow at the Adam Baumgold Gallery, with the opening of TELLING TALES, an art show of women cartoonists/fine artists. The show is curated by Dan Nadel, and the lineup includes:
Aline Kominsky Crumb
Lauren R. Weinstein
Go to the website link for tons of art samples. Here’s the PR:
Adam Baumgold Gallery presents Telling Tales: Contemporary Women Cartoonists from September 5th through October 14th. Telling Tales is a subjective look at the last four decades of comics drawn by women.
Long a boys club, comics have, since the rise of the late 1960s underground, opened up to women as a medium like any other. Unfortunately, most current historical surveys are notable not only for the absence of women artists but also the absence of women as protagonists or even subjects in the medium itself. And while a gender-based exhibition might marginalize women even further, Telling Tales seems necessary as a slight corrective to the usual historical narrative.
The seventeen artists included here were chosen for their unique points of view and their idiosyncratic approaches to cartooning. All are free from the usual stylizations of comics, making stories that rely as much on line and mark as narrative and dialogue. Each artist has made an indelible mark on the medium, including Aline Kominsky Crumb, who helped revolutionize comics drawing with her scratchy line and brutal abstractions; Debbie Dreschler brings an unthinkably dense patterning to the medium; while Renée French’s lush pencils convey meaning in each stroke. Younger artists, such as Lauren Weinstein and Amy Lockhart, have appropriated old genres, such as confessional and superhero comics, and used them for their own purposes. The larger story of these artists is swiftly evolving and Telling Tales will be just the first chapter of this long artistic narrative.
The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 – 5:30 PM. For further information please contact Adam Baumgold at 212-861-7338 or [email protected]
Telling Tales curator Dan Nadel is the proprietor of PictureBox, Inc. (www.pictureboxinc.com), a Grammy Award-winning New York-based packaging and publishing company. PictureBox’s recent releases include Nog a Dog (Marc Bell, editor) Me a Mound (Trenton Doyle Hancock) and The Ganzfeld (www.theganzfeld.com). Nadel is also the author of Art Out of Time: Unknown Comic Visionaries 1900-1969 and is an assistant professor of illustration at Parsons The New School for Design.
Obviously, this show covers only one aspect of the contributions of women cartoonists over the last 40 years, but it looks to be a dilly of a show, and should start some conversation, especially with the estrogen-free Master of American Comics show opening here in New York next week.