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LYNDA BARRY
Everything: Part I

May 13 – July 12, 2014

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition of famed cartoonist Lynda Barry, Everything: Part I from May 13 through July 11. The exhibition will feature over 80 original comic drawings, watercolors, and mixed media collages from the past 35 years, several of which are from Barry’s beloved Ernie Pook’s Comeek, a comic strip that was serialized across the US for over THIRTY YEARS, and is being reissued in a series of books by Drawn & Quarterly, the first of which is Blabber, Blabber, Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything (comics 1978-81). The exhibition will include work from her seminal books Two Sisters Comeek, Girls and Boys, The Freddie Stories, The Greatest of Marlys!, One! Hundred! Demons!, What It is, and Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book, as well as works that were published in Raw, The Village Voice, Esquire, Newsweek and The New York Times, among others.

Lynda Barry’s graphic novel What It Is that is featured in the exhibition, is a richly textured series of drawing collages and comics about the possibilities and mysteries of the creative process that won the comic industry’s 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Work.

The exhibition will also include work from her two illustrated novels, “The Good Times are Killing Me (1988), (adapted into an off Broadway play) and Cruddy (1999) which the New York Times called “A work of terrible beauty.”

Central to all her many bodies of work is Barry’s energetic line and her boisterous sense of humor. In some of her earliest works, for example, a cactus tries to seduce a woman saying, “Lola, can we be sure of anything in this crazy world? All I know are your eyes tonight and this wild beating of my heart.” For Barry, drawing and storytelling are integrated activities:

The language comes from handwriting. It really comes from the motion of the hand. Like a hand puppet—you start moving its mouth with your fingers and you look into its eyes and you get the feeling it is saying somethingand the it that is doing the saying is a little bit different than you. Different puppets have different ways of talking. My characters are like that. I crack up when I hear the next sentence they say. They make me laugh really hard sometimes. I know it’s me! But it’s also not me.1

A preview of the exhibition can be seen at adambaumgoldgallery.com. The opening reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m.

Special thanks to Tom Devlin and Chris Oliveros at Drawn & Quarterly for their invaluable assistance, and especially to Chris Ware for his counsel and help with this project. Finally, thanks to Lynda Barry, who has generously provided an in depth cross section of her work for this exhibition.

 

Lynda Barry by Ann Kellner Vice Magazine, Oct. 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pages from Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything, 2011
Ink, watercolor, collage on paper
11" x 8 1/2" each, unless otherwise noted

 

Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything Cover

 

Blabber Blabber Blabber endpaper page 1

 

Blabber Blabber Blabber endpaper page 2

 

 

Dedication

 

 

Blabber Blabber Blabber full title page

 

Blabber Blabber Blabber copyright page

 

Blabber Blabber Blabber half-title page

 


Intro. Page 1

 

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Pages from Ernie Pook's Comeek
Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything
Ink on paper
11" x 8 1/2" each, unless otherwise noted

 

page 17

 

 

page 18

 

Ernie Pook's Vague Childhood Memories (1), 1978
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Ernie Pook's Vague Childhood Memories (2), 1978
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Ernie Pook's Family Album (pages 1 - 4)
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Ernie Pook's Family Album (pages 2 - 8)
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page 27

 

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page 34
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page 49

 

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Pages from Two Sisters
Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything
Ink on paper
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page 61
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page 62
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page 63

 

page 64
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Pages from Girls and Boys
Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything
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page 139
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page 164
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page 167
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Can You Help?, 1981
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