Robert Crumb at MassArt

By GREG COOK  |  February 6, 2009

Perhaps no other artist besides George Grosz so vividly, viscerally, sensitively channeled the past century. Who else could compete? In fact, Crumb's drawing has few rivals in art history. Toulouse-Lautrec? Rembrandt? Dürer? It sounds crazy to put him in such company. But he's got mad skills. And remember, Toulouse-Lautrec haunted nightclubs and brothels. Rembrandt is cherished for frank, earthy reflections on society that include etchings of people "making water" and "a monk making love to a woman." Dürer envisioned all sorts of flights of fancy. Rembrandt and Dürer explored faith; Crumb, with the help of some psychedelics, opens the doors of perception to the infinite. Same difference.

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