Aline Kominsky-Crumb & Robert Crumb: Drawn Together
Text by Anette Gehrig. Contributions by Michael Freund, Sébastien Gokalp, Paul Morris, and Joost Swarte
The USA’s Aline Kominsky-Crumb (b. 1948) and Robert Crumb (b. 1943) are an odd couple—in life, as well as in art. He is a celebrated underground artist and she is a pioneer of the autobiographical comic. Since 1972, they have been collaboratively writing and drawing the autobiographical relationship-and-family comic strip Aline & Bob, in which the societal upheavals of the 1970s, the differences between man and woman, and a handful of substantial neuroses play leading roles: a side-splitting drama, unique in the world of comics, with a wealth of punch lines. The publication Aline Kominsky-Crumb & Robert Crumb. Drawn Together coincides with the exhibition of the same name and contains selected episodes from Aline & Bob, including the stories that have never been published in Europe before, supplemented with solo works by Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb, as well as photographs and articles on the life and works of these artists.
Publisher: Christoph Merian Verlag/Cartoonmuseum Basel
Artists: R. Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb
Printer: Offsetdruckerei Grammlich, Pliezhausen
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 x 11 3/4 in (22.9 x 29.8 cm)
Reproductions: 38 color, 135 b&w
Retail: $53 | £45
Born in Philadelphia in 1943, R. Crumb has used the popular medium of the comic book to address the absurdity of social conventions, political disillusionment, irony, racial and gender stereotypes, sexual fantasies, and fetishes. Inspired by Thomas Nast, Honoré Daumier, T.S. Sullivant, and James Gillray, amongst others, his drawings offer a satirical critique of modern consumer culture and seem to possess an outsider’s perspective—a self-conscious stance, which Crumb often relates to his personal life.
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Since 1971, Aline Kominsky-Crumb has been a pioneering figure in the world of comics. Born Aline Goldsmith in Long Island, New York in 1948, Kominsky-Crumb earned her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1971. Kominsky-Crumb was one of the first contributors to the all-female anthology Wimmen’s Comix in 1971, founded the seminal comics series Twisted Sisters with Diane Noonin in 1976, and, during the 1980s, served as editor for the influential alternative comics anthology Weirdo, to which she also contributed throughout its run. A collection of work from throughout her career was published in 2007 as Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir by M Q Publications.