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Rubbing Against the Trees in the Lord’s Forest

R. Crumb's Book of Genesis, October 24 - February 7, 2010 The Paintings of Charles Burchfield, October 4 - January 3, 2010 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles It shouldn't really surprise anyone that the author of Zap and Mr. Natural, Robert Crumb, has undertaken the Greatest Illustration Project Ever Drawn--the Book of Genesis. Any narrative with all those "begats" would have to exert a certain charm for Crumb. The generally naughty R. shows himself to be extraordinarily obedient to this text, and demurs from any interpretive flourish in his cartoons--a wise decision, as the plain act of Crumb undertaking this work is its own statement which promises plenty of fun. His cast of characters includes a scowling, hirsute God, thunder-thighed … [Read more...]