Wexner Center for the Arts

Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes


Daniel Clowes is one of the most beloved and renowned comic book artists of our time, with nearly 50 publications to his credit. His acclaimed graphic novels—including Ghost World (1997), David Boring (1999), and Wilson (2010), among others—have been instrumental in establishing literary credibility for the genre. The exhibition presents original black ink and Zipatone drawings of pages from these works, as well as beautifully realized gouache paintings of the covers of Ghost World and other publications. Organized by the Oakland Museum of California and a recent hit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes is the first museum survey of his work, bringing together over 90 pieces of original art and artifacts from the full range of his career.

Daniel Clowes was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961, and lives and works in Oakland, California. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, graduating with a BFA degree in 1984. Clowes is the recipient of numerous awards, including several Harvey Awards, given for achievement in comic books, and he recently won the 2011 Pen Award for Graphic Literature.

Make it a comics-packed trip and visit our friends and neighbors at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (located in Sullivant Hall, next to the Wex). On view through August 3 are Exploring Calvin and Hobbes, a retrospective of the landmark comic strip and its creator Bill Watterson, and The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective, a look at the work of this major comics artist, featuring his acclaimed strip Cul-de-Sac and his work as cartoonist and painter. The Billy Ireland also is home to Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, a permanent exhibit highlighting the breadth and depth of its collections. The museum is open 1–5 PM Tuesday–Sunday. Admission is free.

Organized for the Oakland Museum of California by independent curator Susan Miller and René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California. This presentation organized for the Wexner Center for the Arts by David Filipi, Director of Film/Video.