Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Comics are not just for Sundays

In two related articles (Article 1, article 2) sent to me it appears that comics are about to hit the main stream. In a 1990 exhibition comics were shown next to the art of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition was called High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture clearly showing comics as the low.

It appears now things have changed. An exhibition titled Masters of American Comics opened simultaneously late last year at two major Los Angeles museums, the Hammer and the Museum of Contemporary Art and is scheduled to travel across the country. It features 15 artists with over 900 objects to view.

In addition the creator of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker, is planning to open a cartoon museum. He already has collect 3 million dollars to open this new museum in the empire state building but needs 8 million. He says that is so confident that he has mortgaged his home to pay for all expenses to date. The museum is scheduled to open next year in the Empire State Building.

The hope is that comic will be seen as a major art form that in addition of being pleasing to the eye also documents history and maybe an added result will be Charles Schultz will be studied in the 100s of years to come as the Master Artist of our time.

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