An installation view of the exhibition, R. Crumb: Drawing for Print, at David Zwirner, dated 2019.
An installation view of the exhibition, R. Crumb: Drawing for Print, at David Zwirner, dated 2019.
An installation view of the exhibition, R. Crumb: Drawing for Print, at David Zwirner, dated 2019.
R. Crumb: "I’m sure I must’ve used the term ironically, a sort of self-accusation"
The Guardian, interview by Nadja Sayej
March 11, 2019

"Crumb’s comics have often been a critique of modern society, with waves of nihilism to sarcasm and disillusionment, not to mention drug hallucinations and the ongoing battle between 9-5ers and bohemians, many of which were his core readership in the 1960s and 1970s.

Some have called Crumb’s comics a comment on the American condition, but they’re also a snapshot into his personal outlook. His sketchbook subjects ranged from friends to girlfriends, strangers in public places and people based on magazine photos. 'Sometimes just types,' he said. 'Made up in my head....'I only feel ‘misunderstood’ when people react to my work as if I were advocating the things I drew.'"

Read the full interview in The Guardian.

Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Kultur Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact by the Illustrious R. Crumb is on view at 519 West 19th Street in New York through April 13, 2019.

Image: Installation view, Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Kultur Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact by the Illustrious R. Crumb, David Zwirner, New York, 2019