of "Art in Shambles" opening reception at Artspace Gallery in Richmond, Virginia,
June 2, 2000
Art in Shambles® was created
as a comic book in 1990 featuring real-life artist Julian Schnabel,
critic Q. Pennyton Winthrop and art dealer Daniel Boone. With
the introduction of Pablo Picasso's illegitimate son Bubba,
Art in Shambles® evolved into a biweekly comic strip. Now venturing
into the rarified world of Fine Art, publisher Max Hopper has
commissioned David Bromley and Jim Hall to redraw the first
eighteen strips for this special Artspace exhibition. Four color
paintings depicting Bubba's scandalous departure from France
are also presented for the first time. Walter Keane, 1960's
painter of big-eyed kids, discovers Bubba in Central Park and
takes him under his wing. With the introduction of "Duke Kooning"
(Willem de Kooning) and "Raphael X" (Jean-Michel Basquiat),
Max Hopper again displays his uncanny ability to depict real
life artists as fictional characters. The storyline closes with
Bubba's introduction to the New York Art Gallery world in a
combination of satire and slapstick comedy.
A steady stream of visitors
and well-wishers meandered through the Art in Shambles® gallery,
reviewing in consecutive order the story contained in these
twenty two framed cartoon arrangements, representing the first
eighteen strips of the Art in Shambles® storyline. Laughter
could be heard as viewers recalled favorite cartoons or discovered
Art in Shambles® for the first time. Comments such as "I remember
that one!", "I was wondering who Max Hopper was", and "Who's
Schnabel?" were spoken by an appreciative audience. Four oversized
color paintings, highlighting the Art in Shambles® storyline,
occupy the foyer area. Hillbilly music was playing in the background
the night of the opening and refreshments (Mountain Dew®, Diet
Mountain Dew® Mountain Lightning® and Virginia grown peanuts)
were provided by Max Hopper. Other exhibitors included painter
Jorge Miguel Benitez Sagol, video artist Brian Bernhard and
saying about Art in Shambles (excerpts from the guestbook):
- "Smithsonian Institution"
D. - "Coolio!"
TAUTKUS - "I'm A Cartoonist Too (Haw-Haw)"
- "Very Intriguing - Nice Drawing Quality."
JOHNSON - "The Wit Of The Dim-Wit Is What I Love - It did make me laugh
& think (but not too much!)…"
Richmond - "Very interesting, funny and serious."
& ERNEST SKINNER - "Clever"
BOPST - "Fun Stuff"