Art Spiegelman at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Art Spiegelman Vancouver

Art Spiegelman’s The Bastard Offspring of Art and Commerce from Lead Pipe Sunday. Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery

Best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, Art Spiegelman is one of the most respected comics artists/illustrators in the world.

In CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents a retrospective of Spiegelman’s 40-year career. The show marks the North American premiere of the exhibit, which has traveled from Angouleme to Paris to Cologne before landing here, where it will run Feb. 16 – June 9 2013.

The exhibit’s Vancouver stay has its origins in KRAZY!, a 2008 exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery co-curated by Spiegelman. Thanks to the artist’s relationship with the gallery and senior curator Bruce Grenville, visitors to the VAG will be treated to this first retrospective of the cartoonist’s work. CO-MIX isn’t limited to finished pieces; sketches and rough drafts of Spiegelman’s work will give a glimpse into the artist’s process at work.

Art Spiegelman Vancouver

“Comics As a Medium of Self-Expression?” by Art Spiegelman, 1981. Image courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery

Spiegelman’s career spans the underground comix movement of the ’60s and ’70s to the anthology Raw to the Holocaust memoir Maus to covers for New Yorker magazine and his response to 9/11, In the Shadow of No Towers. Along with his wife Francoise Mouly, he’s also edited the “Little Lit” series of anthologies of comics for kids.

For Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.) hours and fees, visit the VAG website.

Art Spiegelman Vancouver

Cover of Raw #1 by Art Spiegelman. Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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