The 19th installment of Chris Ware’s ACME Novelty Library continues his ongoing comic Rusty Brown, focusing on Rusty’s father William this time around. Ware shows us a glimpse into William’s past as a newspaper clerk in 1950’s Omaha as he deals with an awkward love affair. This in turn runs parallel with a science fiction story set on Mars. While the comparison may be jarring, Ware is a skilled enough storyteller to highlight the similarities and differences between the stories, and to have it all point to a man filled with regret in the middle of his life. Ware mixes comedy and pathos in this story, and as always it stands on the cusp of tragedy, but the smooth and cartooned style helps to the soften the blow.
Georg Baselitz, born in 1938, is a German artist. Baselitz was educated in art and began exhibiting work in 1961. Over the course of his career, his works and methods have lead to a heavy influence on German Neo-Expressionist art.
Intent on rebelling against the mainstream, Baselitz has drawn inspiration from various sources such as psychotic art and the art brut movement, enabling him to create very expressive and deeply symbolic works that were sometimes viewed as immoral or obscene. He has continued to evolve over the many years he has given to his craft, and in more recent years he has directed his efforts toward sculpture.
His work remains intense and powerful. If you would like to see more works by Baselitz, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.
The Tate Collection is comprised of the National Collection of British Art, the National Archive of British Art, and international modern art. With four physical locations in England, the Tate provides a wonderful website for exploring its collection from anywhere.
Tate Papers is an online journal of scholarly articles about artists, museum studies, and visual culture. Each essay has selected terms and artists’ names hyperlinked to online images of example artwork. They also include bibliographies. Read the current issue or browse by category. There are papers on artists such as Richard Serra and topics like The Sublime Object.
The Tate also publishes books and the University Libraries has many of them. Search by author for Tate Gallery or Tate Modern (Gallery) to see a variety of excellent books on artists and art movements.