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).