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London, England
David Zwirner, 04/15/16–06/02/16

Comic artist R. Crumb's beguiling drawings of bodacious and bold women from the 1990s to the present

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Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb

Numbers 1, 2 & 3

Introduction by Paul Morris.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb</I>.

R. Crumb's beguiling drawings of bodacious and bold women from the 1990s to the present

Gathering all three volumes of R. Crumb’s acclaimed Art & Beauty Magazine, this publication guides the reader through the 20-year history of Crumb’s magazine, from the earliest images in the 1990s to the most recent drawings completed in 2016.

Art & Beauty: Number 1, originally published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1996, is at once a satirical take on aesthetics and a continued exploration of Crumb’s subversion of sexuality and mainstream values. Drawings of women in positions ranging from lascivious to modest are accompanied by quotations, many of which are from artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Harvey Kurtzman. Mining his own obsessions and fantasies, Crumb reimagines the history of art, challenging social mores and expectations of propriety around the female form.
The second volume of Art & Beauty, published in 2003, expanded on the first, adding all-new drawings (also of women) and quotations, likewise taken from the history of art. The images appeal to a purely erotic sensibility, which is undercut by the inclusion of often philosophical prose.

The eagerly awaited Art & Beauty: Number 3 is released for the first time as part of Art & Beauty Magazine, published on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition at David Zwirner, London.
This beautiful edition, with a cover specially designed by the artist, is a wonderful window into Crumb’s world of bodies and ideas, art and beauty, for seasoned supporters and novices alike.

Born in Philadelphia in 1943, R. Crumb has used the comic-book medium to address the absurdity of social conventions, political disillusionment, irony, racial and gender stereotypes, sexual fantasies and fetishes. Inspired by Thomas Nast, Honoré Daumier and T.S. Sullivant, among others, his drawings offer a satirical critique of consumer culture.


Featured image is reproduced from Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Time Out London

Gabriel Coxhead

Complex and contradictory – obsessional and voyeuristic, yet oddly sweet... In other words, it’s a fascinating, nuanced, multi-faceted body of work – and a testament to one of the world’s most unique artists at the height of his powers.

The Guardian

Oliver Basciano

Crumb is sincere in his ardour, knowing in his politics.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/22/2016

Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb

Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb, Serena Williams

Find David Zwirner Books' downright excellent and yet totally affordable Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb at the inaugural SF Art Book Fair, opening tonight and on view through Sunday, July 24 at 1275 Minnesota Street in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. "A highly satisfying challenge for the artist's skills are the gleaming highlights on the resplendent contours of tennis champion Serena Williams as she appeared on the first night of the U.S. Open, and where, needless to say, she defeated her opponent," Crumb writes. "'This is my new design, it's my little catsuit,' Serena said of the shimmering, body-clinging black lycra unitard she courageously clad herself in for the match. 'It makes me run faster and jump higher,' she said, 'and it's really sexy. I love it...'" continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/10/2016

Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb

R. Crumb Art & Beauty Magazine: The Book

Captioned, "Beauty combined with innocence and spontaneity are achieved in this study and the one of the next page, as a wholesome young woman of today unabashedly attacks the ever popular hamburger and french fries," with the contrapuntal Edgar Degas quote, "Drawing isn't form; it is a way of seeing form," penned below, this spread from volume 3 of R. Crumb's Art & Beauty Magazine (also available in a signed and numbered limited edition) is reproduced from David Zwirner Books' outstanding new collection of all three issues. "A spot of ketchup at the corner of her mouth in no way mars the exquisite charm of this vibrant, sensuous girl, whose very artlessness only increases her value as an inspiring subject for the pen or brush." continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/9/2016

Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb

Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb

"I think Robert's deep, almost unnerving honesty is one of the truly unique qualities that has created his enormous and loyal fan base," Paul Morris writes in David Zwirner Books' gorgeous, crazily affordable new hardcover collecting all three volumes of R. Crumb's Art & Beauty Magazine (also available in a signed and numbered limited edition). "He gives his readers permission to admit to their own desires, even if they verge on taboo. I have witnessed dinner parties where people open up to Robert as if he were their psychologist because they sense his innate acceptance. If hitting a nerve and inspiring people is the sign of a great artist, then Robert wears the mantle as well as any other." Featured spread is from Art & Beauty: Number 1. continue to blog


R. CRUMB MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

R. Crumb: Bible of Filth

R. CRUMB: BIBLE OF FILTH

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ISBN: 9781941701706 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb

ART & BEAUTY MAGAZINE: DRAWINGS BY R. CRUMB

Introduction by Paul Morris.

DAVID ZWIRNER BOOKS

ISBN: 9781941701348 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 6/14/2016
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Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb (Limited Edition)

ART & BEAUTY MAGAZINE: DRAWINGS BY R. CRUMB (LIMITED EDITION)

Introduction by Paul Morris.

DAVID ZWIRNER BOOKS

ISBN: 9781941701362 | US $150.00

Pub Date: 6/14/2016
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Hans Ulrich Obrist & Robert Crumb: The Conversation Series

HANS ULRICH OBRIST & ROBERT CRUMB: THE CONVERSATION SERIES

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783883759487 | US $16.00

Pub Date: 12/15/2007
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Robert Crumb: Yeah, But Isit Art? Yes, Of Course!

ROBERT CRUMB: YEAH, BUT ISIT ART? YES, OF COURSE!

Essay by Alfred M. Fischer.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783883757957 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 5/2/2004
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