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Comic Art: Fantasy and Imagination with Artist Reception

March 12, 2016 @ 11:30 pm - 1:30 am


The Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery is pleased to present Comic Art: Fantasy and Imagination with an Artist Reception on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This new exhibition highlights a selection of artists whose work examines a diverse array of comic styles, as well as, investigates how contemporary artists —beginning with Pop Art legends Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol—are appropriating the comic book medium, its imagery, and visual tropes into their work.

There is nothing new about the artistic appeal of comic art and its influence on the fine art world. In the 1960’s, Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein began the appropriation of comic fundamental features, such as the sequencing of words and images, to create his new and exciting work. The present day convergence of comics and fine art sees contemporary artists taking that same approach but moving towards the more visual side of comics, while employing techniques that owe more to art than to traditional comics.

In this exhibition, “comics” is not used as a visual descriptor; it does within the context of the show describe a media that encompasses the many different styles artists employ today. Using various themes and their imagination, the diversity of the works represented in this exhibit lie between the traditional and the innovative, providing unprecedented access to original art that explores the fantastical world of comics.

On Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m., in conjunction with the exhibition Comic Art: Fantasy and Imagination, the Ann Street Gallery will be hosting a Gallery Talk by Arlen Schumer on the relationship between Art & Comic Book Art.

Arlen Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets; an author of coffee table art books, including The Silver Age of Comic Book Art which won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book. He is also a recognized expert on American popular culture—especially the legendary television series The Twilight Zone and the music of Bruce Springsteen—presenting lectures on these and other subjects at universities and cultural institutions across the country since 1988.

This exhibit was curated by Virginia Walsh. For more information call (845) 784-1146 or vwalsh@annstreetgallery.org.
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March 12, 2016
11:30 pm - 1:30 am
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Ann Street Gallery
104 Ann Street
Newburgh , NY 12550 United States
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Virginia Walsh
(845) 784-1146