NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Marlborough is excited to present a solo exhibitions of prints by the legendary comics artist Art Spiegelman. A towering figure in the underground comix scene of the 1960s and 70s, Spiegelman broke into the mainstream with his 1992 graphic novel Maus, a Holocaust allegory that became an international bestseller and a defining work of the medium. Subsequently, his work has been featured on the cover of the New Yorker magazine and countless other publications including the seminal avant-garde comix magazine RAW which he co-founded in 1980.
The exhibition encompasses over 30 years of editioned works in silkscreen, lithography, and offset printing, and engages his favored themes—comics as a medium of self-expression, the personal and political in history, and the triumphs and tragedies of New York. While the graphic style varies from subject to subject, a mixture of humor and gravity are a hallmark. Not one to shy from the sensational (and the urge to keep comics once-dangerous reputation alive) there is an edge of provocation and grotesquerie, but also a tenderness. It is his unflinching humanity that connects us so deeply with his work and he manifests it powerfully with his deft hand and inventive compositions.
An opening reception will be held at the gallery on January 8th from 6 – 8PM and coincides with Keith Mayerson: Heroes and Villain which will occupy the main exhibition space. Mayerson, who is deeply influenced by comic art, is a lifelong fan of Spiegelman and has been instrumental in enabling this exhibition.