Saturday, June 12, 2010

GENESIS TO GENOCIDE

photo courtesy of Patrick Rosenkranz.

Calling all Saints and Sinners! I occasionally receive impulsive feedback from readers who wish to denounce my alleged evil views and aesthetics. These comments are generally incoherent one-liners that are swiftly rejected in the name of decent grammar. I received two such comments just this morning. Well, this post is for all you chumps that have nothing better to do than attempt to share your unsolicited opinions regarding "good" and "evil" on a blog. Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis opens TODAY at the Portland Art Museum! If you live in the North West you know we are starving for culture, especially anything that deviates even slightly from well-established "high brow" posturing. That all changes today when the Portland Art Museum opens its hallowed gates for a display of the complete 50 chapters of Robert Crumb's ambitious illustrated Genesis collection. I know, I know. What could be more well-established than the Old Testament? But Robert Crumb's interpretation should prove challenging (or at least funny) and marks one of the first formal nods to an underground artist at the otherwise pedestrian Portland Art Museum. Don't miss it! Check out a sneak preview courtesy of comix historian and all-around-solid-dude Patrick Rosenkranz here. Godspeed! Amen.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Rosenkranz.

3 comments:

TRAWETS NILTGEOV said...

Is Eve rendered as a thick piece of strange with pigtails and knee-high go-go boots? Betcha she is...

eric j said...

While completely awesome, this is probably the most straight-ahead depiction of Genesis you're ever going to see. So don't go in expecting Fritz the Cat meets Sodom and Gomorrah. I'd love to see Crumb turn his pen towards some of the crazier books of the Bible (Leviticus, the Revelation), but seeing as how this one book took him five years of drawing I guess I won't hold my breath.

Dan said...

Beautiful profile! Thanks!

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