New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, 1983. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stapled illustrated wraps.
"The exhibition traces the development and subsequent appropriation of those most indigenous of American cultural forms, the comic strip and cartoon character" (from Tom Armstrong’s foreword). Soft-cover catalog accompanying the Whitney Museum’s summer 1983 exhibition on cartoons in painting and popular culture, shown at their downtown branch. The catalog contains a foreword by Tom Armstrong, the then-director of the museum who is best known for greatly expanding the size of the permanent collection, acquiring works including Jasper Johns’ "Three Flags" and Alexander Calder’s "Circus." The introduction and several essays are written by John Carlin, the art historian and pop culture intellectual, and Sheena Wagstaff, art historian and Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum, along with other contributors. The essay subjects range from the history of comics and realism and satire in the comic strip, to the presence of cartoons in modern American painting, with a special focus on the influence of comics on the uniquely American movement of Pop art. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings, cartoons, comic strips, and other reproductions; with a checklist of the exhibition. Creasing to spine, with minor surface rubbing to wraps. Very good. Item #3368