R. Crumb, Tina Lockwood, 1998, ink and Wite-Out on paper.

San Francisco

R. Crumb

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
March 17–July 1

Curated by Todd Hignite

Although R. Crumb and his wife and collaborator, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, have resided in France for about fifteen years, his work in the lively “underground comix” movement zapped into focus in the late 1960s and early ’70s in San Francisco. This thematically organized retrospective takes the artist back to his home turf. Curated by Todd Hignite, founding editor of Comic Art magazine, the show features approximately two hundred works in all their inimitable bawdy, politicized, satirical abjectness—from sculptures to original comic-book covers—and frames Crumb as a maker of thinly veiled autobiography that reveals as much about his pervy obsessions and neuroses as the antiestablishment social, political, and art contexts in which he has worked. Showing up on everything from acid tabs to the cover of the New Yorker, Crumb’s cartoons are nothing if not extensive in appeal.