January 18 - February 24, 2007
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Robert Crumb (b. 1943) got his start in the underground comics scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s capturing and developing aspects of the counter culture through the now iconic creations of Fritz the Cat, Zap Comix, Mr Natural, Devil Gril and the Keep on Truckin' Guys. He first sold Zap comics on the streets of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood through his own distribution system, maintaining complete artistic freedom as he chronicled perverse depictions of sex, drugs and fantasy often through a personal lens of his own experiences. R. Crumb's often autobiographical, psychologically revealing renderings have become emblematic of the 1960s and his distinctive pen-and-ink style has proven an enduring influence on graphic art and design ever since.
"...Through the years, I've continued to educate myself and draw from life." - R. Crumb, interview 2005. This exhibition features Crumb's "place mat drawings," 1999-2004 portrait sketches of cafe denizens and characters from Crumb's past, made while musing in bars and restaurants from home in Sauve, France.