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The Bible Illuminated: R.Crumb's Book of Genesis
February 8, 2011 - May 15, 2011
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
"The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, Chapter 1," 2009, ink and correction fluid on paper, Courtesy of the artist; Paul Morris; and David Zwirner, New York

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents seminal comic artist R. Crumb’s adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis. The exhibition features 207 individual, black and white drawings incorporating every word from all fifty chapters. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels illustrating the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and more. Using his signature bawdy style, Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis puts an entirely new twist on the Bible.

For nearly fifty years R. Crumb has contributed a plethora of zany, outrageous, and riotous figures to the world of comics. His impact on the underground comic world is immeasurable and his drawings have been highly influential to countless artists working in the contemporary art field and commercially.