Lilli Carré | Museum of Contemporary Art | Museums | Chicago Reader

Lilli Carré Member Picks Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Dec. 17-April 15 2014

Comics have a fraught relationship with the gallery. High artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons have mined comic books for imagery and energy, demonstrating the genius (and bankability) of the genre by finding worthy subjects in even the lowliest pop detritus. Comics artists have reacted to this elevation with a mixture of resentment and self-loathing; creators like Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes first reject their own pulp roots in superheroes, then reject the high-art snobs condescending to them. When comic work does make it onto the gallery wall (as in the Clowes exhibit earlier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art), the miasma of resentment, desire, and anxiety can overwhelm any other aesthetic effect. Lilli Carré is best known as a comics artist, but her current show of new work at the MCA is notably, even startlingly, free of anxiety. Most of the exhibit fits snugly into a single space about the size of a living room. The art itself is quiet and comfortable: abstract drawings on the wall, some ceramic tchotchkes on pedestals. The pulp vigor that attracted Koons, et al, is nowhere to be seen; instead of hyperbolic narrative contrivance, Carré has settled on a cozy domesticity—craft fair rather than mass art. Continue reading >>

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