Double-sided Exhibition Poster (front), 2012
28" x 18 1/4"

Double-sided Exhibition Poster (verso), 2012
28" x 18 1/4"

 

The New Yorker blog discusses some of Chris Ware's influences for Building Stories.

The New York Times - Weekend Arts, Roberta Smith, November 20, 2012

The New York Times - Book Review, Douglas Wolk, October 18, 2012

 

For Immediate Release:

. . . . Adam Baumgold Gallery and Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago)* present an exhibition of 126 drawings by Chris Ware to coincide with the release of his new book Building Stories (Pantheon). Over ten years in the making, several of the drawings from this series were first published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and The New Yorker. Building Stories takes its final form as 14 discrete books and booklets collected in a printed box. The result is something utterly unique-part graphic novel, part sculpture, and part mobius strip.

. . . . In these drawings, Chris Ware imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other's company another minute; and the building's landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades. Each drawing details the inner life of these neighbors; their thoughts, ambitions, daydreams, second guesses, and real life interactions are scrutinized and in some cases amplified into seemingly monumental events. In his drawings, Ware "speeds and slows time, stops it, and can even seem to run it backward, revisiting and revising recent events, or sideways, incorporating alternative accounts of what's happening. All this is done with utmost precision."** For the exhibition, Ware is also producing a special edition of prints that can be assembled to make a model of the building. This will be Chris Ware's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.

. . . . Chris Ware was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and also attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by the London Times in 2009. An irregular contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker.Ware has been the recipient of numerous Eisner and Harvey Comic book awards and was the recipient of a United States Artists "Hoi" Fellowship in 2007. Chris Ware has had retrospective exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2006, in 2007 at the Sheldon Memorial Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska and at the Gävle Konstcentrum in Sweden in 2010. His original drawings have been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in piles behind his work table in Oak Park, Illinois. Chris Ware is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and seven-year-old daughter.

*Carl Hammer Gallery, CHRIS WARE: Building Stories, Sept. 7 - Oct. 27, 2012
**Peter Schjeldahl "WORDS AND PICTURES: Graphic novels come of age.", The New Yorker Issue 2005-10-17

 

 

 

 

Multi-Story Building Model Print, 2012
print, ed. 1000
18" x 12" x 21 ½" (assembled)
19" x 16" (flat)

 

 

Oak Park Magazine - Disconnect, 2009
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ¼" x 20"

 

Oak Park Magazine - Repetition, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

 

 

Building Stories - Back Cover, 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
28 ¼" x 20"

 

 

 

Multi-Story Building Model, II - Facade, Interior, Furnishings (with Instructions.), 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
69" x 29"


 

 

September 23rd, 2000 - Cover and Back Cover, 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 30"

 

 

September 23rd, 2000 - Golden Book Endpapers and Title Page, 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 30"

 

 

 

Chicago Day (ACME 18) - 1. Unused Logo and Waking Up, 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20 ¼" x 20"

 

 


The New York Times. (September 23rd, 2000) Introduction 3., 2005
Ink and colored pencil on paper
20" x 15"

 

 


The New York Times - September 23rd, 2000. 3 P.M. (downstairs woman in shower), 2005
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 15"

 

 

 

The New York Times - September 23rd, 2000. 11 A.M. (Grid with couple arguing), 2005
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 15"

 

 

ACME 18 - I Just Want to Fall Asleep, 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
28 3/4" x 20"

 

 

 

ACME 18 - Anatomy I and II, 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"


 

 

ACME 18 - Anatomy III, 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20 x 14 1/2"

 

 

 


ACME 18 - Room I, 2003
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

ACME 18 - Room II, 2003
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

ACME 18 - Rich 1, 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

ACME 18 - Rich 2, 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

ACME 18 - Rich 3, 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper.
20" x 29"

 

 

ACME 18 - Rich 4, 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

ACME 18 - Rich 5, 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 14 ¾"


 

 

ACME 18 - Abortion 1, 2006
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

ACME 18 - Abortion 3, 2006
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

ACME 18 - My Life/Their Words, 2007
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

ACME 18 - Old Woman/My Life, 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

ACME 18 - Writing Class, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Seasons - Summer, 2001
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

 

Building Seasons - Fall, 2001
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

 

Building Seasons - Winter, 2001
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

Building Seasons - Spring, 2001
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

 


 

 

Branford - The Best Bee in the World. (first episode.), 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

 

Branford - The Best Bee in the World. (third episode.), 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

Branford - The Best Bee in the World. (The Daily Bee.), 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

Branford - The Best Bee in the World.
(Branford Book, five. ["Benedict B. Bee."]), 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

Branford - The Best Bee in the World.
(Branford Book, six. [Lost in the Flowers.]), 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20"

 

Branford - The Best Bee in the World. (Branford Book, seven [Canned.]), 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"


 

 

 

 

Woman, Argument, 2003
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
19 7/8" x 27 7/8"

 

 

Man Alone, 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
16 ½" x 12 ½"

 

 

Couple Argument, 2004
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

Meeting (Woman), 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

Meeting (Man), 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

Old Woman - Eating, 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
16 ½" x 12 ½"

 

 

Old Woman - Paper Dolls, 2003
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

 

 


Old Woman - Father, 2009
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20 x 26 ¾"

 

 

 


Oak Park Magazine - Affection. (False New Yorker Cover.), 2012
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
29" x 20 ¼"

 

 

 

Oak Park Magazine - Affection/Ex-Boyfriend I, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

Oak Park Magazine - Affection/Ex-Boyfriend II, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"

 

 

Oak Park Newspaper - 1. Trees/God, 2009
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ¼" x 20"


 


Oak Park Newspaper - 6. Kitchen/Bathtub, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

Oak Park Newspaper - 7. Old Friend, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

Oak Park Newspaper - 8. Conversation/Unity Temple, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

Oak Park Newspaper - 9. Wedding Photo, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

 

Oak Park Newspaper - 17. Floral Supply/Chinatown, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

 

Oak Park Newspaper - 18. Arranging in Basement, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

Oak Park Newspaper - 19. Veterinarian, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

Oak Park Newspaper - 20. Trees/Death, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"



 

Chicago Day (ACME 18) - 7. Diary writing, 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
25 ¼" x 20"

 

Chicago Day (ACME 18) - 6. Handsome delivery man/Tulip, 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
25 ¼" x 20"

 

 

Chicago Day (ACME 18) - 8. Customers/Clocking out, 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
25 1/4" x 20"

 

 

Chicago Day (ACME 18) - 10. Asleep, 2010
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
25 ¼" x 20"

 

 

Oak Park Argument - Lucy, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
37 ½" x 16 ½"

 

 

Daughter. ("Actual Size."), 2008
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 5/8" x 40"

 

 

 

Father, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

 

 

Daughter - Remembering, Imagining, 2011
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
27 ½" x 20"

 

 

Couple/Unused Public Transportation Moment, 2002
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper
20" x 29"


Previous Exhibition:

CHRIS WARE: Drawings for New York Periodicals February 1 - March 15, 2008

CHRIS WARE: The ACME Novelty Library #16 October 28 - December 3, 2005
 
Press:
The New York Times Weekend Arts, Roberta Smith, November 20, 2012
  The New York Times Book Review, Douglas Wolk, October 18, 2012
Art in America Online Magazine, December 1, 2010
The Village Voice February 27 - March 4, 2008
The New Yorker March 3, 2008
New York Magazine Online February 2008
The New Yorker October 10, 2005
ARTFORUM January 2006
The New York Times October 23, 2005
The New York Sun October 31, 2005
The New York Press January 1, 2006