|Guest Flog: Patrick Rosenkranz on Crumb's Genesis exhibit in Portland|
|Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumb, Patrick Rosenkranz||11 Jun 2010 4:49 PM|
[We're pleased to present the following report and photos from Rebel Visions author Partrick Rosenkranz. – Ed.]
I heard last winter that Crumb 's Genesis artwork was coming to the Portland Art Museum but I didn't see anything in the local press about it until just recently. When I received a letter inviting me to attend the opening night reception on Thursday, June 10th I eagerly accepted, and not just for the food and open bar. I wanted to examine the pages up close — how much whiteout did he use (not much); the size of the originals (just a bit bigger than the printed pages); how the museum would display them (on partitions painted different colors organized by chapters with portraits of the main characters above); and what would staid Portland supporters of culture think about having one of the world's most sexually obsessed artists hanging in their museum (some claimed to be unaware of all that hanky panky in the Bible).
Of course I was totally blown away by his superb draftsmanship and mastery of human anatomy, animals, landscapes, and architecture. I bought and read the book when it came out, but that crisp black ink on white art boards looked so much more precise than their reproduction onto printed pages. Even the crosshatching and shadowing was revealed in all its convoluted entirety. On the other hand I was a little disappointed that he didn't give Genesis the down and dirty Crumb treatment we've come to expect and love, but I'm consoled by some of the other drawings he's released here and there showing what he might have done, like this Adam and Eve strip that appeared in the Crumb Handbook.
The exhibit is up until September 19th.
– Patrick Rosenkranz
[More photos after the jump – Ed.]
Denis Wheary, who appears in the photo above with the Crumb cutout, was the co-publisher of one of the very first graphic novels, Beyond Time and Again by George Metzger in 1976.