New York

R. Crumb

Paul Morris Gallery

“This bunch of drawings,” writes Robert Crumb, “were made while waiting for food in various restaurants, or after eating, while people sat around drinking wine and talking.” The image is pleasant: the artist doodling, basically, in the company of friends and family, eating out. Before leaving home for supper he has pocketed a pen, but little else: The grounds of the drawings are the paper place mats supplied as table settings by the restaurants, often the same three establishments that he must regularly visit, in the small French town where he now lives. He seems to care so little for these drawings, at least at first, that he leaves them when he goes. “The proprietors saved the placemats,” he continues, “which I borrowed back in order to put this book together”—“this book” being one of two in which the drawings are published. Each collection—Waiting for Food (1995) and Waiting

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