Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Go See Basil Wolverton's Art!

Basil Wolverton is one of the most original and funniest cartoonists of all time. He invented this crazy gross but cute style that no one has ever topped. He inspired the gross closeups in Ren and Stimpy and lots of 60s cartoonists, including R. Crumb. He was also a preacher!


GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER: GCAC GALLERY

125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

(p) 714.567.7233
(f)714.558.4145

You have to see his art in the flesh!
We went on a trek to Santa Ana last Saturday to see his wonderful stuff.
Of course Kali and Eddie just had to get some free ground pig faces nearby.


Basil predicted Eddie.



The show is free, but you'll want to pick up a really great book on Basil's work while you're there.





27 comments:

Paul Stadden said...

Dangit, we don't get stuff like this in the southeast, at least not within decent driving distance. The last decent show was a Dali exhibit about seven years ago.

Sean Worsham said...

Ooh only 350 miles from me. I know what I'll do as part of my vacation!

Dooley said...

We must've just missed you guys Saturday! Anyone that wants to see funny drawings and hilarious comics must check out this exhibit. That question-mark shaped brain still cracks me up.

litlgrey said...

I've definitely seen at least one or two of those poses in Ren & Stimpy, although - and I don't like saying it - the episode that comes to mind had Dom DeLuise as The Big Kahuna, and it was produced by Games.
You didn't mention anything about that Wolverton caricature of Jimmy Durante. It was excellent. Were there any others like that?

PCUnfunny said...

Dammit ! Dammit ! DAMMIT ! WHY IS ALL THE GOOD CARTOONY STUFF ALWAYS IN CALIFORNIA !!!!!!!!!!!

Callum said...

Why the hell does nothing remotely like this ever happen in Europe, let alone the UK...

Shawn said...

I'm planning on going next weekend!!!

Hey, John..
Does the new book have art that isn't included in the other "Wolvertoons" book???

Trevour said...

I'm glad to see cartoonists alike enjoy one of Minnesota's finest exports - SPAM!

I wish I could make it down to see that Wolverton collection, but it only runs until November! Anyone know if it's a traveling exhibit?

sarah j. said...

Oh, yeah, you guys in California enjoy your steaming bowl of culture, while I watch hungrily from the prison that is Ohio, occasionally tossing a vintage vinyl toy against the bars, more out of habit than anything. :' (

Colter said...

http://bp2.blogger.com/_mJ4lc_Q9Q6k/RvBwZ-Sh42I/AAAAAAAAHwo/PIm1nyk_yyk/s1600-h/DSCN0727.JPG

hahahahha look behind Kali and Eddie, there is some kid crying. "MY GROUND PIG FACES DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FACES IN IT!".

mike f. said...

[Does the new book have art that isn't included in the other "Wolvertoons" book???]

Yeah, Shawn - the new book is pretty good, actually. Excellent copy-to-graphics ratio, nice big full-page reproductions, etc.

(The only real drawback is a completely clueless introduction by Doug Harvey, who doesn't seem to have any idea what Wolverton was all about.
There are more relevant, to-the-point blurbs on the back cover from famous cartoonists - any one of whom could have provided a much better introduction, had they been asked.)

This is a minor carp, though. The introduction is only a couple of pages, and it's a very thick book.
The important thing is you should pick it up even if you already own WOLVERTOONS.
Even though there's some overlap of material, it's not too bad. And the new book reproduces Wolverton's pencil layouts and lots of rare, unpublished pieces - plus some pretty cool color photos of the man himself - making it a must-have.

But by all means try to make the trek - it's worth it. The exhibit closes fairly soon - early November, I think - so don't put it off too long...

benj said...

Great stuff!

Ryan G. said...

Wow! That show looks great! Were those for sale?

Pete Emslie said...

You shouldn't be standing so close to that humongous Wolverton. It looks like Eddie is getting sucked into his ear!

Maybe that's what inspired the song lyric, "They say don't go, on Wolverton Mountain..."

Bob Flynn said...

Wish I could go. I love his work. California has had it's far share of awesome shows lately.

Clark said...

When I saw the examples of Wolverton in your latest blogs, I didn't know of him but his art reminded me of a cool puzzle set I had as a kid. You can definatley see his influence. I posted pictures of them on my blog cause I thought you'd get a kick out of them. Super creative stuff.
http://clarkhinckley.blogspot.com/2007/09/cadaco-puzzles.html

ZSL said...

Eddie needs a cartoon show made just about him. The man is clearly a cartoon character stuck in the flesh of a man.

Pedro Vargas said...

Wow, I can't believe I'm gonna miss this.

Mick said...

basil is a sharp shooter no doubts... robert crumb owes him a great deal. Original deal for certain. It is a sad reflection of our day to day bollocks that we haven't had another similarly striking hero to look up to

lulelelele said...

hermoso blog
un abrazo desde argentina

lulelelele said...

ermoso blog que buena la muestra de basil,
felicitaciones desde argentina el planeta de los chorizos pestilentes

Nico said...

ahh! you guys told me you were going to this event.. and there you all are!! Glad it was fun :)

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Haw! Great photos! The exhibit was terrific and the book is definitely worth having!

chrisallison said...

I saw a poster up for this on campus. I'm going this weekend. Great heads up!

pinkboi said...

He has such a delicious first name for making such grotesque drawings!

Mike Nassar said...

this is going on in my backyard?! I didn't even know they had this stuff up. thanks for the info. I'll be hoppin' in a van with Chris Allison to see this.

flashcartoons said...

lol, i see that spam truck everywhere here in minnesota, spam museum is here too, even though i have never been there