Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making

Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making
Library Shelf Location 17.COMI
Publication Date Mar 2007
Description In recent years, a number of artists have abstracted images culled from slapstick, comic strips and films, cartoons and animation into a new representational mode to address perplexing issues about war and global conflicts, the loss of innocence and ethnic and cultural stereotyping. From Julie Mehretu's intricately layered paintings and Arturo Herrera's psychological collages made of Walt Disney coloring books to Ellen Gallagher's seductively Minimalist paintings, permeated by "blackface" signs culled from minstrel performances, to Rivane Neuenschwander's wiped-out cartoon characters, the world of comic abstraction reflects the intensely personal relationship that many contemporary artists maintain with political currents. This publication, which accompanies a Spring 2007 exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art, presents the first major investigation into this new model of representation. It features recent work by 13 artists and a selection of 30 large-scale works and installations that bridge the rift between abstraction and comics in ways that are at once critical and playful. It also includes a critical essay, interviews with the artists, and a selected exhibition history and bibliography. Features work by Polly Apfelbaum, Inka Essenhigh, Ellen Gallagher, Arturo Herrera, Michel Majerus, Julie Mehretu, Juan Munoz, Takashi Murakami, Rivane Neuenschwander, Philippe Parreno, Gary Simmons, Franz West and Sue Williams.
ISBN 0870707094
Quantity 1
Pages 160
Authors Roxana Marcoci, Phillipe Parreno, Ellen Gallagher, Inka Essenhigh, Polly Apfelbaum
Format Hardback
Publisher Museum of Modern Art, New York
Category Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords Ethnicity, Political art, Abstraction, Armed conflicts
Related Event Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making (4 March - 11 June 2007), Museum of Modern Art, New
Related Gallery Museum of Modern Art, New York
Language English

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