Born 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lives and works in Sauve, France
For 40 years, through a steady stream of underground Comix publications and more
recently drawings, Robert Crumb has been an epic raconteur of everyday life in the
United States. With a universe of characters that range from gurus to seekers, from
randy talking cats to sad sack comic artists trying to get some action, Crumb
himself has never given up his relentless questioning of the human character. Taken
together, Crumb's stories are telling portraits of human weakness, cruelty, and
stupidity, indictments of human indifference, superstition, fear, paranoia, and
narrow-mindedness. Over the years, Crumb has been criticized for illustrating so
vividly and with such relish a lexicon of the basest impulses of the human psyche
at its most sexually violent, racially ignorant, and virulently misanthropic. A
keen social observer, Crumb is devastatingly critical but also deeply empathic. He
has never shied away from the most important social issues of the past 50 years,
and a summary collection of his best-known strips creates an unblinking chronicle
of his generation's fruitless search for spiritual enlightenment, social justice,
and psychic peace.
The Complete Crumb: Volumes 1–16. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 1987–2002.
Groth, Gary, and Robert Crumb. "R. Crumb Bares All." Comics Journal, no. 121 (April 1998): 48–123.
–––. "Robert Crumb: On Racism, Mysogyny, Love, and Himself." Comics Journal, no. 180 (September 1995): 116–38.
Richter, Carl. ed. Crumb-ology: The Works of R. Crumb, 1981–1994. Sudbury, Mass.: Water Row Press, 1995. Supplements published in 1995 (Sudbury, Mass.: Water Row Press) and 2002 (Babylon, N.Y.: Babylonia Press, 2002).
Robert Crumb. Exhibition catalogue. Cologne: Museum Ludwig, 2004.
Paul Morris Gallery