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Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb: Numbers 1, 2 & 3

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One of America's most celebrated cartoonists, Robert Crumb helped define cartoon and punk subcultures of the 1960s and 1970s with comic strips like Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, and Keep on Truckin'. The open sexuality of his work, paired with frequent self-deprecation and a free, almost stream-of-consciousness style, have made Crumb into a global voice and a renowned contemporary artist. Originally published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1996, Art & Beauty number 1 is at once a satirical take on aesthetics and a continued exploration of Crumb's subversion of sexuality and mainstream values. Drawings of women in positions ranging from lascivious to modest or mid-sport are accompanied by quotations, many of which are from artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Harvey Kurtzman. Mining his own obsessions and fantasies, Crumb reimagines the history of art, challenging notions of beauty, along with society's mores and expectations of propriety around the female form. The second volume of Art & Beauty, published in 2003, expanded on the first, adding all new drawings (also of women) and quotations, likewise taken from the history of art and aesthetics.
The effect of both volumes is undeniably destabilizing. The images appeal to a purely erotic sensibility, which in turn is undercut by the inclusion of highfalutin and frequently philosophical prose. The images drag philosophy back down to earth, while the writing challenges the pure eroticism of Crumb's drawings. The eagerly awaited Art & Beauty numbered 3 is released for the first time as part of Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawing by R. Crumb published on the occasion of Crumb's exhibition at David Zwirner, London that debuts the new work he created for the magazine's third issue. Presenting all three volumes in one book, Art & Beauty Ma Please click here to ask a question
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