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Comics & Art: See Some of The Classics

by Liz Sayles

Maurice Sendak’s “Wild Things” ambushed me as I turned a corner at the Friday opening of the Neo-Integrity exhibit at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art in NYC. What a great show!

Floor-to-ceiling art. Gems tucked into corners and wrapped around columns, animations playing continuously and wine… who could ask for more. Original ink drawings from “Peanuts” complete with zip-a-tone. Jules Feiffer’s cartoons for the Village Voice… This show requires a few visits,  preferably without a lot of other people standing around chatting… ha!

Keep an eye out for the catalog ‘€“ can’t miss it at about 4 inches thick. A couple of Nyackers in the show, too.

Neointegrity: Comics Edition is an exhibition (Mar 12-May 30, 2010) curated by artist Keith Mayerson that includes over 210 cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and fine artists who work with the spirit and power of iconographic languages.  With creators young and old, historic, currently famous, and soon-to-be-famous, the exhibition is also about the community and legacy of iconographic art and its ability to productively influence the world.  NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition includes such artist as Peter Arno, Mark Badger, Ruben Bolling, Jeffrey Brown, Robert Crumb, Liza Donnelly, Bill Griffith, Peter Halley, Mike Kelley, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Patrick McDonnell, Diane Noomin, Art Spiegelman, Raina Telgemeier, Chris Ware, Lauren Weinstein, Gahan Wilson, Basil Wolverton and many more.

Originally conceived as a utopic attempt to begin an art movement, the first installment of the NeoIntegrity show was held in the summer of 2007 at Derek Eller Gallery in New York City.  That show incorporated over 180 fine artists, with some cartoonists and illustrators mixed in to breach questions of high and low, rarified and pluralistic.  NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition takes the proposal a step further, showing the relatability of creators harnessing the iconographic vehicle to express themselves and to tell stories for a culture to understand itself in order for it to become a better place.

Source: Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art Website

MoCCA is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (btwn. Houston and Prince) in New York. Hours: Tues-Sun 12n-5p General Admission: $5. Children 12 and under: Free Admission

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