Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 15, 2009
Shows of this breadth and magnitude don’t come along too often. The old school Zap-Masters, Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin (work below), S. Clay Wilson, and Robert Williams (work above) will share their insanely detailed comic and illustration work of days past in this incredible group showing at Los Angeles' CoproNason Gallery.
These guys are the real deal: artists that evolved from the underground art movement of the 1960s and authors of Zap Comix, the most famous underground art comic of the time.
In the latter half of the 1960s the hippie movement in America was engaged, to a greater or lesser extent, with protests against the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights struggle, anarchism, Women's and Gay Liberation. Add to this an interest in the spiritual value of taking drugs and of 'free love' and you had a thriving 'counterculture' against traditional values. For this reason, these new comics became known as 'comix' to set them apart from mainstream comics and to emphasize the "x" for x-rated. Yeahhh.
These bad boys were definitely at the forefront of this countercultural movement, so get a taste of history and take advantage of the rare opportunity to see Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, S. Clay Wilson, and Robert Williams' work in person.
Zap-Masters runs from January 17 - January 31, 2009. Details and preview work available at www.copronason.com