December 17, 2006 |
WHO says comics aren't for kids anymore? Not Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly. Between 2000 and 2003, the husband-and-wife team -- he, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Maus"; she, the art editor of the New Yorker -- re-imagined children's comics with "Little Lit": three oversized hardcover anthologies geared toward younger readers and featuring strips by some of the most accomplished talents in the field.
October 31, 1995 |
Another cartoon exhibition? Do we really need another survey just months after such material was shown at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center and at Orange Coast College? Ah, but "Takeoffs: Cartoon and Caricature in the Fine Arts"--at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery through Nov. 12--is on to something else entirely. The show does include some "real" cartoons: a set of suavely observed grotesqueries by Basil Wolverton, admired by several younger artists.
August 16, 1994 |
"Kustom Kulture: Von Dutch, Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, Robert Williams & Others," last summer's big show at the Laguna Art Museum, was a ground-breaking exhibition that lingers in the mind. Its major appeal was the novelty of seeing a show primarily devoted to irreverent imagery that taps into teen-age male preoccupations with speed, violence, power, gross-out situations and automotive craftsmanship.
October 25, 1995 |
In the throes of a love affair with Pop Art in the '60s, a would-be artist named Richard Turner decided to follow Roy Lichtenstein's lead. * "I was an undergrad and realized I didn't want to learn how to draw," recalls Turner. So, like Lichtenstein, he found himself an overhead projector and traced a comic-strip image onto a canvas.
October 12, 2003 |
One Witch Laura Leuck, illustrated by S.D. Schindler Walker & Co.: 32 pp., $15.95 Laura LEUCK'S ("Goodnight, Baby Monster") smooth counting rhyme tracks a witch as she collects nasty "goodies" from ghosts, goblins and the like. "Two cats / inside a pail / gave the witch / a fish's tail. / Three scarecrows / stuffed with straw / gave the witch / a blackbird's claw."
August 11, 1985 |
The name Red Grooms evokes the antic, flamboyant energy stereotypically associated with carrot-topped persons. It also suggests various character types from a gregarious Southern Gentleman to a baggy-pants burlesque comedian. One thing it does not suggest--at least not on the West Coast--is a veteran New York artist dripping great dollops of talent into heaving seas of accomplishment. In the West, we have heard of Red Grooms without seeing much of his art in the living flesh.