Saturday, July 2, 2011

R. Crumb’s "Book of Genesis" Opens in San Jose

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, 2009 (Chapter 1, title page)
CALIFORNIA - During this, the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the hugely popular exhibit, "The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis" continues its national tour at the San Jose Museum of Art. Comic book aficionados know Robert Crumb as the grandfather of the groundbreaking underground “commix” movement and as a legendary 60s counterculture creator of Fritz the Cat (Rated X). Crumb initially approached the Old Testament (based on the King James Bible) with the intention to lampoon tradition, yet he soon became deeply inspired by this "text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions." He ambitiously undertook a complete, literal adaptation of the Book of Genesis. Rife with stories of love, lust, betrayal, intrigue, and violence, the Book of Genesis comes newly alive under R. Crumb’s hand runs through September 25.