Search / Login

Quick Links:
Latest Releases
Browse by Artist
Love and Rockets Guide
Peanuts books
Disney books
More browsing options under "Browse Shop" above


Search: All Titles

Advanced Search
Login / Free Registration
Detail Search
Download Area
Show Cart
Your Cart is currently empty.

Subscribe

Sign up for our email newsletters for updates on new releases, events, special deals and more.


Guest Flog: Patrick Rosenkranz on Crumb's Genesis exhibit in Portland
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbPatrick Rosenkranz 11 Jun 2010 4:49 PM

[We're pleased to present the following report and photos from Rebel Visions author Partrick Rosenkranz. – Ed.]

Genesis - R. Crumb exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

Crumb Genesis exhibit sign - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

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).

Chapter 27 - Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

Chapter 30 - Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

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 Fatal Moment! - R. Crumb

The exhibit is up until September 19th.

– Patrick Rosenkranz

R. Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

[More photos after the jump – Ed.]

Denis Wheary with Crumb cutout - Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

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.

Keep on Truckin' - Crumb Genesis exhibit opening - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

Mr. Natural - Crumb Genesis exhibit opening - photo by  Patrick Rosenkranz

Mr. Natural - Crumb Genesis exhibit opening - photo by  Patrick  Rosenkranz

Portland Art Museum Summer of Comics

Portland Art Museum Summer of Comics