Vancouver Art Gallery announces Art Spiegelman CO-MIX. A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Art Spiegelman CO-MIX. A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps on view February 16–June 9, 2013, the first retrospective exhibition of the work of acclaimed comic artist Art Spiegelman.

Art Spiegelman, Comics as a Medium for Self Expression? Cover, PRINT magazine. Ink and watercolor on paper. May–June 1981. Courtesy of the artist

This exclusive Canadian exhibition features work from over forty years of Spiegelman’s career, including more than 400 preparatory drawings, sketches, studies and panels relating to his early underground comix from the 1970s, his best-known and genre-defying work, Maus, and his more recent illustrations and comic art, including his powerful response to 9/11, In the Shadow of No Towers.

The exhibition provides insight into Spiegelman’s pioneering work channeling cultural and autobiographical commentary into biting, subversive comics, and demonstrates his enormous influence on the medium. Starting from the artist’s early forays in the underground comix scene with colleagues Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton, the exhibition includes a selection of his contributions to the influential Arcade magazine, as well as examples from Breakdowns, a pivotal work in Spiegelman’s career. CO-MIX also features a wide range of Spiegelman’s work as writer, illustrator, art director, and a graphic designer for Topps Candy Company. In presenting these diverse works, CO-MIX traces Spiegelman’s exploration of complex notions of narrative and styles of expression.

This is the first major exhibition of Spiegelman’s work since the MoMA exhibition of Maus in 1992. The exhibition is co-produced with the Museum Ludwig, Köln and the Jewish Museum, New York. The Vancouver exhibition is generously supported by The Arnold and Anita Silber Family Foundation, Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc. and the Lohn Family Foundation.

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, Canada.
www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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