The first museum retrospective of acclaimed comic book artist and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes is currently on display through October 13, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Accessible in the best sense, the exhibition entitled Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes presents more than 125 original pieces including original black ink and Zipatone drawings, gouache paintings of covers, and originals of all of Clowes’s 50 publications—from his 1980s series Eightball to Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (1993); Pussey! (1995); David Boring (2000); Ice Haven (2005); Wilson (2010); The Death-Ray (2011); and Ghost World (1997) which garnered Clowes an Oscar nomination for the 2001 screen adaptation.
With Ghost World, Clowes is also widely credited with establishing the graphic novel as a credible literary form. In addition to scripting the film Art School Confidential featuring John Malkovich in 2006, Clowes serialized Mister Wonderful for the New York Times, which was collected in an expanded hardcover edition in 2011.
Thanks to exhibition designer Nicholas de Monchaux, the creative achievements of Clowes are showcased in a hands-on presentation that—like the artist’s work—is clever, crisp, and classic. The elegantly-executed installation invites viewers to disappear into an updated Victorian setting with a Clowes book so they lose themselves in the timeless artistry of social commentary via a well-written word and carefully-crafted image.
On Saturday, July 27, the MCA presents the special one-day event Saturday Strip in conjunction with Modern Cartoonist: the Art of Daniel Clowes. Highlighting independent comics, cartoons, and animation in Chicago, the pop-up comic fair co-presented by the MCA Store and Quimby’s Bookstore will offer rare books and original artwork; screenings of animated short films programmed by the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation; DJ sets; a Second City performance; a collaborative jam with comic collective Trubble Club; and more. The event ends with screenings of the Terry Zwigoff directed films Ghost World and Art School Confidential at 6 pm in the Edlis Neeson Theater. Free tickets are available at the MCA Box Office.
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