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Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making

This web site from MoMA presents one work each from 13 living artists, selected from about 30 pieces on display at the Museum. The underlying concept of the exhibition is that the work of these artists, although primarily abstract, shows influences from comic books and cartoons. Some of these influence are overt, such as Philippe Parreno's Speech Bubbles, mylar helium balloons, floating in a corner of a room; or boom, by Gary Simmons, a painting of a cartoon explosion. Others are veiled, for example the reference to racist caricature of Black minstrels in Ellen Gallagher's Oh! Susanna, in the form of popping eyeballs and thick lips that appear as a completely abstract pattern until examined closely.
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