May 8 - June 19, 2009
STEINBERG: Untitled (May Rescues the Cat), 1961: Pen and ink and pastel on paper:
18 3/4 x 25 1/2
...........Included in the exhibition is Charles Burns' "Robot Love," 1999- a drawing that reads like a noir mystery, offering ephemeral pieces of evidence that add up to a time, a place, and an event. Marc Bell's mixed media drawing collage "Shoo," 2009 uses the same kind of fractured narrative in a stream of consciousness diary that grows organically across and off of the page. From Aline Kominsky Crumb, Chris Ware and Julie Doucet come autobiographical comic tales that are hilarious and heartbreaking in their honesty. Robin Tewes, Anna Sommer and Alison Elizabeth Taylor challenge gender roles, while Trenton Doyle Hancock's "Vegan Season," 2004 takes place in a world in which assumed moral superiority is turned upside-down, and Ruth Marten's drawing "Les Phoques," 2007 offers her version of "a love that dare not speak its name,"
history, Oyvind Fahlstrom assembles the dark twists and turns of U.S. foreign
policy on a literal jigsaw puzzle in "Section of the World Map - A Puzzle,"
1973. In George Grosz's drawing "Dr. Sand's End," 1925, a distraught
petty bureaucrat bemoans his life while a pistol waits on a nearby chair. H.C.
Westermann codes his haunting response to war in private symbols in "The
Time of the Hunter," 1969. Strange parlor games are present in Glen Baxter's
Untitled, 1973, where a man is unceremoniously tied up in the center of a room
while four other men consult maps and plans in an undefined, ritualistic game.
All these works plumb the darkness of recent history, while David Wojnarowicz's
"An Alter for the People of the Villa Miseria," 1984, eloquently mourns
hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. A preview of the exhibition
can be seen at adambaumgoldgallery.com. For additional information, please contact
Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.