This Wednesday, April 8th, the Society of Illustrators at 128 East 63rd Street in New York celebrates a new exhibition entitled "Is That Art?" from 5 to 10PM for a Happy Hour and Reception. The exhibition is comprised of work from the collection of writer, editor, and cartoonist Craig Yoe of Yoe! Books, an imprint which is distributed by IDW.
The exhibition is described thus:
"Is THAT Art?!" is a haughty remark about comics from art critics. In proud retort, a new exhibit promises to trumpet a resounding "YES!" The exhibit takes its very name, "Is THAT Art?!", from a speech bubble in a magnificent painting by George "Krazy Kat" Herriman, a centerpiece of the show.A grand, celebrity attended premiere is scheduled for Wednesday April 8th, 5:00 to 10:00 pm and is open to the public at the storied Society of Illustrators (128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065).
In conjunction with the popular MoCCA Fest, "Is THAT Art?!" features original comic art by Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Charles Schulz, Thomas Nast, George Herriman, Steve Ditko, Charles Addams, Fletcher Hanks, Harvey Kurtzman, and many more master cartoonists from the Craig Yoe Collection. There are a 100 rare, jaw-dropping pieces in all.
Craig Yoe has been called by USA Today, "The Comic Book genre's master archeologist!" and has been digging out these treasures from 50 years of collecting. Some of the pieces have been reproduced in the over 50 books Yoe has done with Clizia Gussoni in their Yoe Books/IDW imprint. But, nearly every piece is for the first time being seen in public—a breathtaking opportunity and experience not to be missed!
Yoe says, "My Momma taught me that sharing is caring and I'm thrilled to share my collection. People will be able to see epic artist's work up close and personal. I hope 'Is THAT Art?!' will poo-poo any doubters, showing the naysayers that comics are indeed Art with a capital A!"
Just some of the art you'll see at the exhibition, which continues through May 2nd, is by Jack Kirby, Milt Gross, and Wally Wood.
Find out more here.