Los Angeles

“Twisted Sisters”

La Luz de Jesus

Subtitled “a collection of bad-girl art,” this exhibition featured work by 14 contemporary female cartoonists. Though it included a few watercolors, pastels, and other forays into more “conventional” art media, the main thrust and most potent aspect of “Twisted Sisters” was its display of original black-and-white artwork for comic strips that first appeared in publications like Weirdo, Wimmen’s Comix, and Young Lust.

Since book-length comic works are frequently referred to these days as graphic novels (scoot over, Flaubert), it seems fair to describe this show as a sampling of notable developments in the “graphic short fiction” genre during the ’80s and ’90s. (For viewers who missed this show, or who get woozy trying to read while standing up, curator/participant Diane Noomin has put together an excellent companion anthology by the same title.)

Thematically and stylistically, “Twisted Sisters”

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