CHRIS WARE

The ACME Novelty Library 20

September 16 - October 23, 2010

60 East 66th Street

 


Double sided exhibition poster front: 27" x 37 1/2"



Double sided exhibition poster front: 27" x 37 1/2"

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHRIS WARE

The ACME Novelty Library #20

September 16 - October 23, 2010

..........Adam Baumgold Gallery presents original drawings by Chris Ware from his new periodical The ACME Novelty Library 20, to premiere at the gallery from September 16 through October 23, 2010. The exhibition will feature the complete drawings for The ACME Novelty Library 20 (serialized in Zadie Smith's "The Book of Other People" and The Virginia Quarterly Review) which is also a contributing chapter to one of his ongoing graphic novels, "Rusty Brown." In addition, the exhibition will include a handful of drawings from proposed ill-fated (and sated) television projects, "The ACME Novelty Network," and "Quimby the Mouse," a short executed with animator John Kuramoto for "This American Life."

..........This installment of the "ACME Novelty Library" chronicles the life of Jordan Wellington Lint (b.1958) from cradle to grave, each year of Lint's life represented by a few representative seconds of consciousness per page. As he grows from child to sullen teen to angry young man to repressed upstanding citizen - and moves towards his inevitable end - Lint adapts to his own social advantages, personal mistakes and the lies he tells himself to somehow end up feeling pretty okay about things. Ware approximates Lint's inner life at every stage through a muddled stream of overlaid thoughts, personal symbols and mislaid memories, providing insight into the mind of a bemused father, ineffectual businessman and aspiring rock musician.

..........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. He is the author of "Jimmy Corrigan - the Smartest Kid on Earth" (Pantheon Books, 2000) which received the Guardian First Book Award in 2001 and the American Book Award in 2000. He is author of the irregular periodical "The Acme Novelty Library" (Volumes 1 - 20), "Quimby the Mouse," as well as the sketchbook collections "The ACME Novelty Datebook, Volumes 1 and 2." He was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing graphic novel ("Building Stories") in The New York Times magazine in 2005-2006, and he edited the anthologies McSweeney's Quarterly Concern in 2004 and "The Best American Comics" in 2007. He has been the recipient of numerous Eisner and Harvey Comic book awards between 1994 and 2009, received the obscure French "L'Alph Art" award in 2003, and was the recipient of a United States Artists "Hoi" Fellowship in 2007. He is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

..........Chris Ware's work was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2002, as well as in the traveling exhibition Masters of American Comics in 2005-2006 that opened at MOCA and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He 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. Chris Ware lives and works in Oak Park, Illinois.

..........The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 5:30 P.M. For additional information please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or at abaumgold@aol.com.

 

The ACME Novelty Library Number 20.

 

"ACME Novelty Library 20 title lettering." 2009
Ink on paper
12 7/8" x 20 1/4"

 

"ACME Novelty Library 20 graphical interface." 2010
Ink on paper
15 7/8" x 13 3/4"

 

 

"Jordan Lint, age 0 and 0. (House and Birth.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 0 and 1. (Face/Bottle and walking.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"


"Jordan Lint, age 2 and 3. (Poo and Backyard.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 4 and 5. (Shapes and Ants/flowers.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 6 and 7. (Funeral and Marriage ceremony.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 8 and 9. (First Grade and Oreo cookie/Flying Nun.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 12 and 11. (I AM JASON and Birthday Party.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 10 and 13. (The Ball and Kathy Kramer.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 14 and 15. (I AM SO SICK OF EVERYTHING and FUCK.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"


"Jordan Lint, age 16 and 17. (New Car and Alice White's Breasts.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 18 and 19. (STOP Car Crash and remebering High School Graduation.)" 2006
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 20 and 21. (Fraternity and Football.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 22 and 23. (Pool party and Graduation party.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 24 and 25. (Recording studio and Apartment phone call.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 26 and 27. (Television couch and Omaha window.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"


"Jordan Lint, age 28 and 29. (Football party/Leslie and Leslie wedding.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 30 and 31. (Childbirth and Babysitting.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 32 and 33. (7 Habits and Grocery store.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 34 and 35. (Dad's 60th Birthday and Church Praying.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20 1/8"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 36 and 37. (Fridge photos and Movie theater.)" 2007
Ink on paper
28" x 20 1/4"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 38 and 39. (Hell and Principal's office/Dad's 65th birthday party.)" 2008
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 40 and 41. (Cupcakes girlfriend and Treadmill.)" 2008
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 42 and 43. (Suburban house and 9-11.)" 2008
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 44 and 45. (Father's death and work girlfriend.)" 2008
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 46 and 47. (Stepmother's death and childhood home.)" 2008
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 48 and 49. (Masturbation fantasy and visions of Hell/Treadmill)." 2008
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 50 and 51. (50th birthday/ Zach's email and firing Lint employees.)" 2008
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 52 and 53. (Court settlement and eating alone with football.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 54 and 55. (Doctor's office and spitting blood.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 56 and 57. (Roof leaks and Javier's second birthday.)" 2009
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 58 and 59. (Childbirth and Stepdaughter bikini.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 60 and 61.(iPhoto and New York Times.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20 1/8" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 61. (I Loved You excerpt, pages 1 and 2.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 61. (I Loved You excerpt, pages 3 and 4.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20 1/4" x 28"

 

"Jordan Lint, age 61. (I Loved You excerpt, page 5 and Levi.)" 2009
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, ages 62 and 63. (iChat argument and Shopping/Cemetery.)" 2010
Ink on paper
28" x 20"

 

"Jordan Lint, age indeterminate.(Dream and Dream.)" 2010
Ink on paper
28" x 20 1/4"

 

"Jordan Lint, age indeterminate.(Dream and Death.)" 2010
Ink on paper
28 1/4" x 20 1/8"

 

The ACME Novelty Network

 

"Putty Gray." 2008
Ink on paper
28 3/8" x 20"

 

"Sandy Grains/ Putty Gray." 2008
Ink on paper
28 1/2" x 20"

 

"ACME Novelty Network booklet back." 2008
Ink on paper
20" x 29"

 


"Quimby the Mouse cartoon drawings 1 (title card.)" 2009
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Quimby the Mouse cartoon drawings 2 (Many Years Later.)" 2009.
Ink on paper
20" x 28"

 

"Quimby the Mouse cartoon drawings 3." 2009.
Ink on paper
8 3/4" x 29"

 

"Putty Gray, additional strips." 2009
Ink on paper
20 3/8" x 29"

 

"Putty Gray, additional strips and notes." 2009
Ink on paper
20 1/4" 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:
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