September 5 - October 12, 2008

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

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," 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.

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 AFC. Charles Burns lives and works in Philadelphia.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. . For additional information please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or Signed exhibition posters will be available. A preview of the exhibition can be seen at Charles Burns will be present at the opening on Friday September 5th from 6 to 8.