CHARLES BURNS

 

Two sided exhibition poster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Charles Burns from September 5 through October 12, 2008. This will be Charles Burns' first New York solo exhibition and will include fifty seminal drawings executed in the last 25 years that showcases Burns' masterful pen and ink drawings for his award winning comic books and other publications.

Featured in the exhibition will be covers and drawings for the serialized version of Charles Burns' epic graphic novel "Black Hole," that received the Harvey Award, as well as the drawings for the covers and pages of "Skin Deep," "Big Baby," and "El Borbah," and a rare RAW era "Dog Boy" strip. The exhibition will also have drawings and covers for The New Yorker, Esquire and numerous other magazines that include drawings of cult figures William S. Burroughs and Robert Crumb. Also included will be the cover of "Permagel" the new large scale book of Burns' art published by French publisher United Dead Artists.

Drawn in stark black and white with a distinctive line, Burns' comics range in ambiance from kitschy pop culture nostalgia to bleak horror. Themes of adolescence and sexual awakening mingle with recurrent imagery of mutation, plague, alienation and violence. Drawings from his epic graphic novel "Black Hole" examine a nightmarish world in graphic detail, tempering horror with exquisite beauty. Overlapping metaphors for AIDS and social breakdown with realistic storytelling about the "normal" disturbances of teenage life, Burns blurs, or even reverses the line between normal and aberrant.

Charles Burns' drawings first became known in the legendary comics magazine "Raw" in the 1980s. His comic stories "Big Baby" and "Dog Boy" were serialized in alternative weekly papers throughout the United States. His drawings also appeared on the covers and in the pages of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Believer and many other publications, as well as on the album covers of Iggy Pop and others. His drawings were the subject of a solo exhibition "Charles Burns" at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts Museum in 1999. His work was included in the exhibition "Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque" at the SITE Santa Fe Biennial in 2004 curated by Robert Storr. Burns contributed to the animated feature "Fear(s) of the Dark" which will be released in October by IFC. Charles Burns lives and works in Philadelphia.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. 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.

 

"Black Hole: Before," 2000
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11"

"Black Hole: After," 2000
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11"

"Black Hole: Before," 1996
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11"

"Black Hole: After," 1996
Ink on paper
14 7/8" x 11"

"El Borbah: Title page: Robot Love," 1999
Ink on paper
18" x 14"

"El Borbah: Title page: Dead Meat," 1999
Ink on paper
18" x 14"

"El Borbah: Title page: Living in the Ice Age," 1999
Ink on paper
18" x 14"

"El Borbah: Title page: Bone Voyage," 1999
Ink on paper
18" x 14"

"El Borbah: Title page: Love in Vein," 1999
Ink on paper
18" x 14"

"El Borbah: Fantagraphics cover," 1999
Ink on paper
19 1/4" x 14 1/4"

"Black Hole cover: Girl Underwater," 1995
Ink on paper
21" x 14 1/2"

"Black Hole cover: Girl in Bed," 2001
Ink on paper
21" x 14 1/2"

"Black Hole cover: Girl with Tail," 1997
Ink on paper
21" x 14 1/2"

"Black Hole cover: Feet on Glass," 2004
Ink on paper
21" x 14 1/2"

"Black Hole indicia page: Woods," 2005
Ink on paper
21" x 16"

"Black Hole cover: Girl Smoking," 1998
Ink on paper
21" x 14 1/2"

"Black Hole endpapers: Black Circle," 2000
Ink on paper
17 7/8" x 12"

"Black Hole back cover: Doll in the Woods," 1996
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Sick Kids in the Woods," 2003
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Nude Girl/ Snakes," 1995
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Worm Creature," 1997
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Teen Couple/ Thorns," 2000
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Floating Skin/ City," 1998
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Looking Down Hole," 2002
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Teen Bulletin Board," 2001
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole back cover: Male Figures in Dirty Water," 1995
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Black Hole cover: Fetal Creature," 2002
Ink on paper
20 3/4" x 14 1/2"

"Black Hole endpapers: Thrashed Woods," 2000
Ink on paper
15" x 19 1/4"

"Mutant Tilley: New Yorker," 1993
Ink on paper
17" x 12 1/2"

"Coney Island: New Yorker Cover," 1996
Ink on paper
20 1/2" x 16 1/4"

"Witch: New Yorker Cover," 1993
Ink on paper
20 1/2" x 16 1/4"

"Black Hole endpapers: Tadpoles," 2002
Ink on paper
12" x 17 7/8"

"Big Baby: Blood Club cover" 1992
Ink on paper
20 3/4" x 15"

"Skin Deep: contents page," 2001
Ink on paper
11 1/4" x 12 1/4"

"Dog Boy: Dog Days title page," 1992
Ink on paper
20" x 14 1/2"

"Dog Boy: drawing for silkscreen print," 2001
Ink on paper
12" x 12"

"Big Baby: drawing for silkscreen print," 2001
Ink on paper
11 1/4" x 11"

"El Borbah: Spicy Defective cover," 1988
Ink on paper
11" x 8 1/2"

"Skin Deep: Fantagraphics cover," 2001
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Big Baby: Fantagraphics cover," 1999
Ink on paper
20 3/4" x 15 3/8"

"SPX Illustration 1," 2002
Ink on paper
16 1/2" x 15 1/2"

"SPX Illustration 2," 2006
Ink on paper
17" x 14"

"Noir: Esquire Illustration," 2000
Ink on paper
17" x 13"

"The Residents' 'Freakshow' cover," 1992
Ink on paper
20" x 14"

"Frankenstein & Dracula: New Yorker," 1994
Ink on paper
15" x 19"

"Permagel cover ," 2008
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Le Muscle Carbine cover," 2007
Ink on paper
16 7/8" x 13 7/8"

"Atomic Monster: Esquire," 1991
Ink on paper
22 7/8" x 19"

"Dog Boy: RAW strip," 1983
Ink on paper
8" x 21"

"Unpublished comic: page 6," 1986
Ink on paper
18" x 14 1/4"

"Big Baby: Molemen page 1," 1985
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Big Baby: Molemen page 8," 1985
Ink on paper
18" x 13"

"Big Baby: Teen Plague page 14," 1989
Ink on paper
14 1/2" x 14 3/8"

"Big Baby: Teen Plague page 16," 1989
Ink on paper
14 1/2" x 14 3/8"

"El Borbah: Ice Age page 8," 1983
Ink on paper
20" x 14 1/2"

"El Borbah: Bone Voyage page 30," 1985
Ink on paper
20" x 14 1/2"

"Zero Zero cover," 1995
Ink on paper
17 3/4" x 12 3/4"

"Karl Hiaasen 'Basket Case' cover," 2002
Ink on paper
14 3/4" x 10 1/4"

"Burroughs," 1986
Ink on paper
13" x 8 1/2"

"Monica Lewinsky," 1999
Ink on paper
15 1/2" x 14 1/2"

"Crumb Illustration," 1995
Ink on paper
16 3/4" x 16 3/4"

"Fairyland: from 'Little Lit'," 2000
Ink on paper
17 3/4" x 24"

 

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