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Words and Art Collide at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Street Singer #4. Will Eisner. Illustration for A Contract With God. ©1978 The Will Eisner Estate. All rights reserved.

Now through January 30, 2011, The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is showcasing artists who have combined words with a sequence of pictures to tell a story in an exhibit titled “”LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel”.  From The Norman Rockwell Museum, this exhibit features over 200 original works of art from artists leading this genre.

The art of the graphic novel may be most commonly recognized in comic book form, and for comic book enthusiasts the Michener Art Museum does have several issues of “Strange Tales” (circa 1960) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko of Marvel Comics, creators of Spiderman, on display.

However, comic books are just the beginning of where the graphic novel can take the viewer, and visitors to this exhibit attending simply for the comics will be enlightened as their knowledge is expanded by a variety of other art and information throughout.

There are posters on display for the films “Sin City” and “300”, as these movies were based on graphic novel, as were “The Spirit”, “V for Vendetta” and the “X-Men” series.

Artist Will Eisner, known by many as creating the first work to be called a graphic novel, is featured, as are early works by famous 1960’s counterculture icon Robert Crumb, founder of the underground comix movement.

This Is Totally Embarrassing. Lauren R. Weinstein. Illustration for Girl Stories. ©2006 Lauren R. Weinstein. All rights reserved.

While the artists on display are predominantly male, there are a small group of female graphic novelists, each with their own unique approach to their art form.

Lauren Weinstein’s “Girl Stories” speaks of her childhood and often include tales of her adventures with her Barbie dolls.  She uses bright colors and fun caricatures of herself, her family and her friends.

In stark contrast to Weinstein’s light representations is the body of work by political artist Sue Coe, whose series “Pit’s Letter” is a fight for civil and animal rights.  It is dark and dreary, and she uses color sparingly to illustrate violence and sadness.

Patrons can learn more about several of the artists featured in the exhibit by visiting the video theater showing a rotation of six five-minute films with commentary by the artists, helping to illustrate and explain the social and cultural themes present in this particular body of work.

For more information about “LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel” or The James A. Michener Art Museum, please visit www.MichenerMuseum.org.

Rachel Acquaviva (racquaviva@buxmontnews.com)

Staff Writer

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