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Gottfried Helnwein
Comic Release
Comic Release
Comic Release


Comic Release

Negotiating Identity for a New Generation

Curated by Vicky A. Clark and Barbara Bloemink with Ana Merino and Rick Gribenas
Circulated by Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management Services
Jan. 17–Mar. 23, 2003

Artists: Haluk Akakçe, Laylah Ali, Reed Anderson and Daniel Davidson, John Bankston, Glen Baxter, Michael Bevilacqua, Juliette Borda, Michel Boulanger, Blake Boyd, Bob Burdette, Enrique Chagoya, Lee Chapman, Michael Ray Charles, Dame Darcy, Georganne Deen, Christa Donner, Marcel Dzama, Nicole Eisenman, Inka Essenhigh, Neil Farber, Chris Finley, Sally French, Leon Fuller, Deborah Grant, Elliott Green, Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, Kojo Griffin, Jin Ham, Daniel Heimbinder, Gottfried Helnwein, Arturo Herrera, Peregrine Honig, Ryan Humphrey, Jason Jägel, Cisco Jimenez, Chris Johanson, Pamela Joseph, Brad Kahlhamer, Konstantin Kakanias, Robert Karstadt, Philip Knoll, Vuk Vidor featuring Kunstf*ck, Sean Landers, Leslie Lew, Peter Mitchell-Dayton, Myfawny MacLeod, Melissa Marks, Kerry James Marshall, Barry McGee, Julia Morrisroe, Dave Muller, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Mark Newport, David Opdyke, Nadín Ospina, Joseph Park, Walter Robinson, Miguel Rodriguez, Rob Rogers, ROY, Christian Schumann, Amy Sillman, Zak Smith, Al Souza, Jim Torok, Fabian Ugalde, Kara Walker, Peter Williams, Sue Williams, Angela Wyman.

About the Exhibition

With a pow and a zap, cartoon imagery has recently exploded. Artists, graphic novelists, and zine makers everywhere are taking advantage of the potential to tell stories in a recognizable and familiar language. From Japan and Israel to the Americas, artists use cartoon imagery to address problematic issues. In the process, they participate in the construction of identity in its many guises, weaving aspects such as race, gender, sexual orientation, violence and war, loss of innocence, and the commodification of identity into complex, layered tales. And at times, they make us laugh at ourselves.