Crumb's Book of Genesis

The Hammer Museum is located in Los Angeles. The folks that are out there are luck because of a new exhibit hitting the museum by R. Crumb. More specifically, his adapation of the first book of the Old Testament. The Old Testament isn't really what comes to mind immediately when you think "comic book adaptation." Crumb's work though is phenomenal and breathes new life into a seemingly age-old story. He's spent the last five years on the work and his exhibit at the museum features 207 individual black and white drawings that incorporates every word from all fifty chapters. Throw in a cover, title page, introduction and back cover and you've got the makings of something pretty freaking cool. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels illustrating everything from Adam and Eve to Noah's Ark to Sodom and Gomorrah. His exhibit will be preceded by a solo exhibition at the following locations: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco) Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) The Museum of Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) Whitechapel Art Gallery (London) David Zwirner (New York) Paul Morris Gallery (New York) Check out the link to the Hammer Gallery website and get schooled in Crumb's life (as much as two paragraphs can do). The illustrations from the Book of Genesis are pretty unique and really add a brand new take on the story that just about everyone knows by heart, religious or not. Crumb's Book of Genesis