Robert Crumb Retrospective

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on August 2nd, 2012

R. Crumb, My True Inner Self, page a sketchbook, c. 1995.
Collection Paul Morris and Samuel Grubman.
Photo: Courtesy Paul Morris and David Zwirner, New York © Robert Crumb

Robert Crumb, one of the most innovative illustrators and comic artists to have emerged in the 20th century, is being feted with the retrospective treatment at the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris. Crumb first received widespread acclaim, and in some cases notoriety, as a leader of the underground comic scene that developed in the US in the 1960s and 70s. His psychedelic imagery and decidedly adult, satirical content proved influential to an entire generation of comic artists and contributed to the elevation of the comic medium from the realm of children to a respected art form. Crumb, who has lived in the south of France since the early 1990s, has chosen his adopted country to host the most comprehensive retrospective of his work to date. The exhibition, which is organized chronologically, includes more than 700 drawings and 200 underground magazines that Crumb contributed to, and explores that themes that have occupied him throughout his career — women, music and contemporary culture. If you happen to be in France before the exhibition closes on August 19th it seems well worth checking out.

R. Crumb, Cheap Thrills, 1968.
Record cover for Big Brother & The Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills – Columbia, 1968.
Private collection. © Robert Crumb


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