Photos by G. Various Artists.
Zap Comix is one of the most beloved comic anthologies in the world. It’s golden age is being celebrated at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York in an exhibit called “Zap: Masters of Psychedelic Art 1965 – 1974.” The exhibit features the works of R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams and S. Clay Wilson. The works featured in this exhibit are funny, subversive and sometimes in your face but one thing is sure, it’s no secret why these artists are legends!
From the press release: Robert Crumb created the comic strip “Fritz the Cat” which was later adapted to film in 1972 and 1974. Most recently he completed a word-for-word comic book adaptation of The Book of Genesis. Robert Williams is an accomplished painter as well as the founder of Juxtapoz Magazine. His work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Rick Griffin – the only deceased artist in the group – is most widely recognized for his long association with the Grateful Dead, for whom he completed several album covers, posters and logos. Victor Moscoso studied at The Cooper Union and at Yale under Josef Albers, employing Albers’ color theories in his optically vibrant counterculture posters. S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton and Spain Rodriguez all had previous association with underground comix such as East Village Other, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Captain Piss Gums and Perverted Pirates.
Zap: Masters of Psychedelic Art 1965 – 1974 is on display at Andrew Edlin Gallery (located at 134 Tenth Avenue in New York) through June 25, 2011.