Art in the ‘Toon Age
Nov. 19, 2005 – Jan. 15, 2006
Holiday Reception, Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 – 9 pm
This exhibition was born of a marriage between post-Pop aesthetics and the cartoon and advertising styles of the 1940s and 1950s. ‘Toon-age artists embrace radical new processes and innovations, while working within what appears to be a traditional idiom. Though it may look beguilingly innocent, ‘Toon-age art is formally and psychologically loaded, both with compositional niceties and fictitious possibilities.
The exhibition includes more than 30 artists from seven countries and three generations. All of these artists clearly admire ads, comics, and packaging graphics. They have transformed commercial art into the finest of fine art. Also included are a number of historically relevant comics. Featured in this exhibition are: Carroll Dunham, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Julian Opie, Sue Williams and cartoon artists R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware.
Movie Screening: Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7 – 10 pm