The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis will be on display at UCLA's Hammer gallery beginning October 24th.
Seminal comic artist R. Crumb has spent the last five years on this
literal adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, The Book of
Genesis, bringing his signature zaftig women, mischievous animals and
geeky men to the holiest of books. This highly-anticipated exhibition
will be comprised of 207 individual black-and-white drawings
incorporating every word from all fifty chapters, with no alterations,
as well as an introduction and a map of the world of Abraham. A book
featuring the complete set of drawings, with a handwritten introduction
by the artist, will be published by W.W. Norton in late October 2009.
Crumb will also be participating in An Evening With R. Crumb at 8PM on Thursday October 29th at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. I pre-ordered the Book of Genesis book several months back after the New Yorker reprinted several pages of it. I'm now reading through it, and if you're a fan of his artwork...you won't be disappointed.