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  • Enrique Chagoya, General Merchandise, 2000, tempera and paper on linen, 48 x 48". From “Splat, Boom, Pow!”

    Enrique Chagoya, General Merchandise, 2000, tempera and paper on linen, 48 x 48". From “Splat, Boom, Pow!”

    Splat, Boom, Pow!: The Influence of Comics in Contemporary Art, 1970–2000

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    25 Harbor Shore Drive
    September 17, 2003–January 4, 2004

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    April 12–June 29, 2003

    “Comics and contemporary art” is an idea that floats up among curators periodically, probably even predating Pop. (George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, begun before World War I, is famously well loved by artists.) But Valerie Cassel’s “Splat, Boom, Pow!” is a thoughtful take on the subject and fresh in its placement of younger artists like Laylah Ali, Julie Mehretu, and Chris Ofili alongside obvious inclusions like Roy Lichtenstein and Sigmar Polke. “The point,” says Cassel, “is to look at how myth is manifest in contemporary society and the idea of what constitutes a vernacular visual language.” Her show runs from Pop to manga, with entries both unpredictable and right.