R. Crumb, ‘Robert Crumb pages from 'Kafka' (double page)’, 1993, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

Illustrator Robert Crumb continually pushes the boundaries of the cultural critique. These pages of Kafka are one example of how Crumb displaces the expected paradigm of the American Dream. Crumb’s work has been exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Museum of American Illustration, New York; and Whitechapel Gallery, London. His work is in public collections at the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Image rights: Courtesy Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery

About R. Crumb

Robert “R.” Crumb emerged in the late 1960s as a leading figure in the “underground comix” movement, publishing the first issue of cult favorite Zap Comix in 1968, and his most recognized comic, Keep on Truckin’ in the late 1970s. Crumb is known for a signature raunchy style, through which he expresses his "contempt and disgust with America." He created the notorious characters Devil Girl, Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural, and was the subject of Terry Zwigoff’s 1995 documentary, Crumb. In 2009, he published his illustrated graphic novel version of the Book of Genesis, including annotations explaining his reactions to Biblical stories.

American, b. 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania