CHARLES BURNS

COVER PORTRAITS FOR THE BELIEVER 2003-2013

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BEFORE & AFTER PORTRAITS FROM BLACK HOLE

MAY 30 - JULY 26, 2013

Susan Sontag, 2006

Paul Giamatti, 2006

Orhan Pamuk, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

. . . .Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of portraits by Charles Burns that were published on the cover of The Believer magazine between 2003 and 2013. Using ink on paper in a strict 6 by 6 inch format, Burns creates endless variations of texture, lighting, and composition. His stark, black line offers a distinctive take on the tradition of portrait drawing. Over 300 drawings of artists, writers, musicians, animals, comic characters, and historical figures will be included.

. . . .Alongside this vast series of Believer portraits is a group of Before & After drawings from Charles Burns’s seminal graphic novel Black Hole. In these comic grotesque portraits, themes of adolescent alienation and sexual awakening mingle with imagery of mutation, disease, and violence. Each smiling, yearbook-style portrait is accompanied by a Dorian Gray-like counterpart, picturing the same teenager with some troubling facial alteration.

. . . .Charles Burns's drawings first reached a wider audience through the legendary comics magazine Raw in the 1980s. His graphic novel classic Black Hole, 2005 received the Harvey award. Other earlier cult classics by Burns include El Borbah, Big Baby, and Skin Deep, among others. Burns’s drawings have appeared on the covers and in the pages of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and many other publications, as well as on the album covers of Iggy Pop and others. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition Charles Burns at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and was included in the exhibition Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque at the SITE Santa Fe Biennial 2004 curated by Robert Storr. Burns’s forthcoming graphic novel Sugar Skull (Pantheon, 2014) will complete the trilogy of books that include X’ed Out and The Hive—a dreamlike narrative and homage to Tintin and other art that Burns admires. A retrospective of Charles Burns work was exhibited at Museum M in Leuven, Belgium in 2011-2012. Charles Burns lives and works in Philadelphia.

. . . .Gallery hours are Tues. through Sat. 11:00 - 5:30 P.M through June, and Tues. - Fri. during July. A preview of the exhibition can be seen at adambaumgoldgallery.com. For additional information please contact Adam Baumgold at 212.861.7338 or abaumgold@aol.com.

 

Charles Burns at opening reception.

 

 

 

 

 

All Cover Portraits for The Believer
Ink on paper
Image size: 6" x 6"
(Some slightly larger)
Sheet size: Approx. 8" x 10"

Susan Straight, 2003

Salman Rushdie, 2003

Terry Gilliam, 2003

Beth Orton, 2003

Judith Butler, 2003

Ashida Kim, 2003

Jack White, 2003

Gary Lutz, 2003

Richard Rorty, 2003

Liz Phair, 2003

Steve Ericson, 2003

Frank Herbert, 2003

M. Le Comte Jan Potocki, 2003

Jamaica Kincaid, 2003

Martin Short, 2003

John Haskell, 2003

Ahmir Thompson, 2003

Rudolph Giuliani, 2003

Shirin Neshat, 2003

Adam Phillips, 2003

Jenny Gage, 2003

"Good" Andy Richter, 2003

"Bad" Andy Richter, 2003

Emperor Augustus, 2003

Stephen Malkmus, 2003

Joan Didion, 2003

Jerry Lewis, 2003

John Banville, 2003

David Foster Wallace, 2003

Cornell Woolrich, 2003

Tina Fey, 2003

Sweet Valley High Twins, 2004

Ice Cube, 2004

Marianne Moore, 2004

Aleksandra Mir, 2004

Phiip Seymour Hoffman, 2004

Elaine Pagels, 2004

Milana Runjic, 2004

Yukio Mishima, 2004

Amy Sedaris, 2004

Dominic Arou, 2004

Black Beauty, 2004

George Saunders, 2004

Errol Morris, 2004

Tracy Emin, 2004

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 2004

Ada Byron, 2004

Kiki Smith, 2004

Charles Dickens, 2004

Dawit Giorgis, 2004

Q-Tip, 2004

Eddie Vedder, 2004

Dory Previn, 2004

James Joyce, 2004

Elliott Smith, 2004

Ani DiFranco, 2004

David Byrne, 2004

Shirley Hazzard, 2004

Danica Phelps, 2004

Don Quixote, 2004

Nick Hornby, 2004

Francisco Goldman, 2004

Robert Pollard, 2004

Susan Choi, 2004

P.G. Wodehouse, 2004

Ian Frazier, 2004

Klaus Kinski, 2004

Mary Lynn Rajskub, 2004

George Meyer, 2004

Walter Abish, 2004

August Wilson, 2004

David O Russell, 2005

Todd Solondz, 2005

Paul Auster, 2005

Eve Sussman, 2005

Allen Marias, 2005

Marjorie Grene, 2005

Mario Van Peebles, 2005

Wonder Woman Action Figure, 2005

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 2005

Stevie Smith, 2005

Sarah Jones, 2005

Carlos Castaneda, 2005

Tintin, 2005

Teresa Edwards, 2005

Steve Martin, 2005

Tobias Wolff, 2005

Aimee Mann, 2005

Beck, 2005

Mark E. Smith, 2005

Donovan, 2005

Smoosh, 2005

Br. Danielson, 2005

   

 

Zadie Smith, 2005

Ian McEwan, 2005

Dennis Cooper, 2005

Sarah Silverman, 2005

Tom Stoppard, 2005

Cerebrus, 2005

Nosferatu, 2005

Lorrie Moore, 2005

David Sedaris, 2005

David Mamet, 2005

Maya Rudolph, 2005

William H. Gass, 2005

Devendra Banhart, 2005

The Doctor, 2005

Angélique Kidjo, 2006

Demetri Martin, 2006

Pete Singer, 2006

Marshall Mathers III, 2006

Harold Ramis, 2006

Ed Ruscha, 2006

Robyn Hitchcock, 2006

Elizabeth Bishop, 2006

Sayyed Qutb, 2006

Isaac Brock, 2006

Nicole Holofcener, 2006

Taxidermied Wallaby, 2006

Jim White, 2006

Jennifer Egan, 2006

Marjane Satrapi, 2006

A Rat, 2006

Steven Soderbergh, 2006

Gary Gygax, 2006

Nancy, 2006

George Perec, 2006

Wanda Sykes, 2006

Laurel Nakadate, 2006

Joe Henry, 2006

Woman Living in Gaza, 2006

Alison Young, 2006

DJ Shadow, 2006

Brothers Quay Character, 2006

Irvine Welsh, 2006

Richard Powers, 2006

Olivia Judson, 2007

Cheryl Hines, 2007

Asashoryu, 2007

Pankaj Mishra, 2007

Ruth Ozeki, 2007

Joey Lauren Adams, 2007

Eric Bogosian, 2007

Mira Nair, 2007

Thomas Bernhard, 2007

Scott McCloud, 2007

Janeane Garofalo, 2007

Copex Seraphinianus Creature, 2007

Monica Ali, 2007

Lauren Weinstein, 2007

Will Sheff, 2007

Nancy Wilson, 2007

Michael Ondaatje, 2007

Erica Jong, 2007

A Bonobo, 2007

Mike Scott, 2007

Paula Fox, 2007

Louis Borges, 2007

Amy Hempel, 2007

Panda Bear, 2007

Karl May, 2007

Paul Simonon, 2007

Cat Groom, 2007

Bride Cat, 2007

Ai Weiwei, 2007

Heart With Knife, 2007

King Worm, 2007

Vladimir Mayakovsky, 2008

Suketu Mehta, 2008

Mary Midgley, 2008

Karl Marx, 2008

Good David Cross, 2008

Hateful David Cross, 2008

Julie Hecht, 2008

Elizabeth Hardwick, 2008

Kristen Schaal, 2008

A Jawa, 2008

John Cheever, 2008

Sandra Dee, 2008

Julia Slavin, 2008

Greil Marcus, 2008

Richard Dawkins, 2008

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, 2008

Franz Kafka, 2008

Diane Williams, 2008

G.I. Joe Figurine, 2008

Nico Muhly, 2008

Dr. Strangelove, 2009

June Skinner, 2009

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2009

Gordon Lish, 2009

Thornton Wilder, 2009

John Ashbery, 2009

Mary Gaitskill, 2009

Christine Schutt, 2009

Bob Odenkirk, 2009

Nick Lowe, 2009

O.S. Fowler, 2009

Nathaniel West, 2009

Antonin Artaud, 2009

Judd Apatow, 2009

Gary Panter, 2009

V. Gordon Childe, 2009

Rebecca Solnit, 2009

V.C. Andrews, 2009

Nick Cave, 2009

Vlad Tepes, 2009

Fidel Castro, 2009

Jonathan Ames, 2009

Agnès Varda, 2009

Tengu Monster, 2010

Ruth Reichl, 2010

Alex Whybrow, 2010

Francis Ford Coppola, 2010

Gabriel Garía Márquez, 2010

Manly P. Hall, 2010

Noy Holland, 2010

Trent Reznor, 2010

Daniel Clowes, 2010

Maureen Howard, 2010

Samurai, 2010

Leonard Woolf, 2010

Phoebe Gloeckner, 2010

Xi Chuan, 2010

Yu Jian, 2010

Elaine Dundy, 2010

Wallace Shawn, 2010

Weird Al Yankovic, 2010

Robin Nagle, 2010

Simone Muench, 2010

Barry Hannah, 2010

Robert Jordan, 2010

Gas Mask, 2010

Judy Anderson, 2010

Daniel Ortega, 2011

Isabella Rossellini, 2011

Pharoahe Monch, 2011

Bianca Casady, 2011

Margaret Christine Wertheim, 2011

Y. R. Chao, 2011

Mollie the Maltese, 2011

Kathleen Hanna, 2011

Daniel Handler, 2011

Spaceman, 2011

Victor Lavalle, 2011

Lena Herzog, 2011

Joe Sacco, 2011

Dan Harmon, 2011

Fakir of Ava, 2011

Sarah Palin, 2011

J. K. Huysmans, 2011

Jason Schwartzman, 2011

Wig, 2011

Bette Midler, 2011

Amy Winehouse, 2011

Ana Deavere Smith, 2011

Steve Carell, 2011

Laurie Anderson, 2012

Little Johnny Taylor, 2012

Betsy Cohen, 2012

Neko Case, 2012

Sherman Alexie, 2012

The Thinker, 2012

Chris Johanson, 2012

Miss Futurama, 2012

Ricky Jay, 2012

Jelly Blob, 2012

Katerina Seda, 2012

Sophie Calle, 2012

Penn Badgley, 2012

Karen Armstrong, 2012

Shawn Nelson Schmitt ,2012

Agusto Monterroso, 2012

Young Jean Lee, 2012

Heather Christie, 2012

A Beaver, 2012

Luciano Pavarotti, 2013

Alain Mabanckou, 2013

Dany LaFerrière, 2013

Diana Nyad, 2013

Muriel Spark, 2013

Buddy Bolden, 2013

Alison Pill, 2013

Renata Adler, 2013

Tenzin Choegyal, 2013

Luchador 1, 2013

Luchador 2, 2013

Sarah Schulman, 2013

Luchador 3, 2013

Luchador 4, 2013

Black Mamba, 2013

Joyce Carol Oates, 2013

Björk, 2005

Alan Moore, 2013

 

Blue Whale, 2005

 

 

 

 

BEFORE & AFTER PORTRAITS FROM BLACK HOLE

 

Before & After portrait from Black Hole, 2000
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11" each (14 7/8" x 22")

 

 

 

Before & After portrait from Black Hole, 2001
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11" each (14 7/8" x 22")

 

 

 

Before & After portrait from Black Hole,1998
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11" each (14 7/8" x 22")

 

 

 

Before & After portrait from Black Hole, 2002
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11" each (14 7/8" x 22")

 

 

 

Before & After portrait from Black Hole,1996
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11" each (14 7/8" x 22")

 

 

 

Before & After portrait from Black Hole, 2004
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11" each (14 7/8" x 22")

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Burns at opening reception.