The July and August exhibition at the John Natsoulas Gallery is a show with a historical aspect looking back at people whose creative output impacted the art world. This exhibition includes work from the Crumb brother’s that demonstrate their satirical view of mainstream through comics and art. The show also contains Emmy Lou Packard’s politically infused works on paper, which illustrate her connections with Mexican revolutionaries such as Frida Kahlo, of whose collection of photographic portraits will also be on display. This exhibition’s diverse collection will be a rare experience for any and all art enthusiasts.
Crumb Brothers: Robert and Maxon Crumb
The John Natsoulas Gallery is proud to present the “Crumb Brothers: Maxon and Robert Crumb”. This exhibition will include drawings, paintings and ephemera of these very talented brothers. Robert Crumb is a prominent comic artist, whose books and drawings appeal to a more adult audience. His depictions are considered controversial and show a darker side of comics than those popular in the 1970s to now. Robert has a distinct style that has elavated his comics to a level of artistic interest. Maxon Crumb has a unique style that includes fanciful abstract and figurative paintings and drawings. Maxon is a study of the classics, and this influence is seen in his artwork. His distinct insight to the world is seen his creations that reference the classic masters and Mayan/Aztecan imagery. Maxon is an eccentric who shows his social commentary through his artwork. Both brothers work play off each other in their playful yet dark pieces, and show the world their individuality through their technique. This is a rare opportunity to see the Crumb brothers aptitude for the creative and their individual genius.
Emmy Lou Packard
Born in the Imperial Valley of California in 1914 to social activist parents, Packard was exposed throughout her childhood to the woes of mankind, and quickly learned to express these feelings through her art. At the age of thirteen she first met and befriended Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Being exposed to thinkers and artists concerned with social issues encouraged her to study art as a vehicle for political speech and human rights activism. While Packard was in San Francisco, she worked with Diego Rivera on his fresco that is now at City College and afterwards joined him and Frida at their home in Mexico City. She stayed there for a year working on her photography, and painting in oils and watercolors, and returned to exhibit them at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In the following years, Packard worked on many murals, mosaics, oil paintings, prints and photographs. She worked to achieve a universal human spirit in her work that corresponded with the world’s wars and turmoil.
Photographs of Frida Kahlo by Lola & Manuel Alvarez-Bravo and others
Lola & Manuel Alvarez-Bravo are Mexican born artists who specialized in photography. Their group of friends included, of course, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Tina Modotti. They contributed to the creative efforts of post-revolution artists that sprouted in Mexico in the early 20th century. Part of Lola & Manuel’s photographs captured the working class struggle of the time and encouraged change in Mexico’s government. The other part of Manuel’s work were intriguing beautiful and surrealistic style photographs. Lola’s focus was on Mexican street and cityscapes, and she also experimented with photomontage. Although the couple divorced in 1934, they still worked on photography individually for the rest of their lives. Their images remain powerful reminders of Mexico’s turmoil and political struggle, while also showing it’s vibrant and beautiful culture.
Lexy Van Dyke