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London Crumb

By sizemore Last edited 143 months ago
London Crumb
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March is set to see a frenzy of Robert Crumb activity in the capital. Crumb is the artist and illustrator who's longevity and interest in large bottomed women has seen him rise from underground comic genius to weirdo icon while remaining a source of inspiration for anyone working outside of the mainstream.

Terry (Ghost World) Zwigoff's documentary Crumb proved once and for all that if anything Robert is the normal one in the family.

Now a new book, The R. Crumb Handbook written by the man himself and Peter Poplaski, threatens to topple the mighty and much loved R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book from it's place on the Londonist bookshelf:

"At more than 400 pages in hardback, including hundreds of drawings, cartoons, photographs, a free CD of Crumb music and never before seen material from his personal archives, The R. Crumb Handbook is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the life, trials and ideas of one of the most influential artists of the last 40 years" (via MQP)

We'd gladly settle just for the new book but we are about to be spoiled rotten:

  • A week-long Guardian G2 supplement special (beginning March 7th)
  • A special exhibition and sale of Crumb prints at Bonhams’ New Bond Street gallery (March 9th - 18th)
  • BBC2 will be featuring Crumb on The Culture Show (7pm March 10th)
  • Pete Poplaski in Conversation with Mrs Crumb at Foyles Bookshop (6.30pm March 15th)
  • Robert Crumb interviewed at the NFT by The Guardian's Steve Bell (Date TBC)
  • The NFT also offers a season of Crumb related film including the Zwigoff documentary (March 16th - 22nd)
  • The launch of a limited edition T-shirt featuring a specially commissioned Crumb design as part of Stella McCartney's summer collection at Bruton Street (March 17th)
  • The first major solo exhibition in the UK of Crumb artwork at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (March 30th)
  • All we need now is for Chris Ware to come back to London and we will be in geek heaven.

    Last Updated 02 February 2005

    Euan

    The documentary is fantastic, and at least gives you some insight into his obsession with "sturdy" girls, even his throwaway sketchbook stuff is inspirational, the man embodied self-loathing and confronted sexual repression before it was cool.