Museums
November 22, 2003 - January 25, 2004
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation
group show
The exhibition is curated by Vicky A. Clark and Barbara J. Bloemink for the Regina Miller Gouger Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University and organized and toured by Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York. Zines were curated by Richard Gribenas, and comics and graphic novels curated by Ana Merino
With power and a zap, cartoon imagery has recently exploded. Artists, graphic novelists, and zine makers everywhere are taking advantage of the potential to tell stories in a recognizable and familiar language. Today, artists use cartoon imagery to address problematic issues that are difficult to assimilate into the mainstream through purely realistic depictions. In the process of taking on difficult social issues, they participate in the construction of identity in its many guises, weaving aspects such as race, gender, sexual orientation, violence and war, loss of innocence, and the commodification of identity into complex, layered tales. And at times, they make us laugh at ourselves.
Artists
Comic Release features art by more than fifty nationally-known and emerging artists, including Laylah Ali, Michael Bevilacqua, Blake Boyd, Enrique Chagoya, Michael Ray Charles, Nicole Eisenman, Inka Essenhigh, Neil Farber, Chris Finley, Karen Finley, Gottfried Helnwein, Arturo Herrera, Leslie Lew, Kerry James Marshall, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Walter Robinson, Al Souza, Kara Walker, and Sue Williams.
American Prayer
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas), 2000, 213 x 187 cm / 83 x 73''
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