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Cartoon Polymaths

Cartoon Polymaths

February 4-April 15, 2011

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery

Curated by Bill Kartalopoulos

Opening reception: February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

While the word cartoon is usually associated with humorous line drawing, the form has a deep influence across many types of art and design, from animation and children’s books to puppetry and product design. What is it about the cartoon that permits—or enables—such an evolution? Cartoon Polymaths is an exhibition of multimedia work by high-profile artists whose work proceeds from a cartoon sensibility.

Through a mix of newspaper tearsheets, comics, puppets, posters, zines, wallpaper, toys, animated film clips, interactive media and more, Cartoon Polymaths showcases the broad range of several influential artists, including pioneering comic strip artist and animator Winsor McCay, illustrator and puppeteer Tony Sarg, iconic New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg, Spanish design legend Mariscal, musician, cartoonist and designer Richard McGuire, and the 21st-century art collective Paper Rad.  Specially commissioned for the show is an original two-page, full color comic by cartoonist Kevin Huizenga. Huizenga is the author of several comics works including the short story collection Curses, the graphic novella The Wild Kingdom, and multiple comic book series including Supermonster, Or Else, and Ganges.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a series of public programs, including cartoonist Robert Sikoryak’s “Carousel,” a multi-media cartoon performance; a conversation with Richard McGuire; and film screenings. 

For a full listing of programs, please visit our public programs page.

Download a copy of the Cartoon Polymaths brochure (Adobe PDF).