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'R. Crumb's Book of Genesis' Opens Feb. 8 at Museum of Art

Story posted February 04, 2011

R. Crumb, American, 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

Seminal comic artist R. Crumb's adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament will be featured in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's exhibition The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis, opening February 8, 2011, and running through May 8, 2011, in the Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery.

The exhibition features 207 individual, black-and-white drawings incorporating every word from all 50 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. This highly anticipated project has been building momentum over the last few years and it has established a huge fan base among comic and art lovers around the world.

For nearly 50 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. He is unabashed in his depictions of the lowest depths of misery and the dark sides of humanity, yet always maintains a sense of humor

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is closed Mondays and national holidays. For more information call 207-725-3275.

Additionally, the museum will hold its annual Winter Open House at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2011. All are welcome to enjoy a reception celebrating the museum's current exhibitions.

Read articles about the R. Crumb exhibition in:
The Times Record
The Bowdoin Orient

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