Sections

Spy guy: Dumbo exhibit shows range of Mad magazine cartoonist

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

He is not just a Mad man.

The cartoonist behind the iconic Mad magazine comic strip “Spy vs. Spy” will unveil the full range of his illustrations, paintings, and graphic novels at the Scott Eder Gallery in Dumbo on June 16. Illustrator Peter Kuper says that the roughly 60 pieces of artwork in the “Outside the Box” exhibit represent the “cream of the crop” of his work.

“It’s sort of a walk through my brain and its many different areas,” Kuper said. “This is probably the biggest and broadest exhibition I’ve had since around 2001 — it’s definitely the biggest show I’ve had for sale.”

The retrospective will feature 26 years of Kuper’s work, including his vibrant cover illustrations for national magazine such as Newsweek and Time, the “Spy vs. Spy” comics he has drawn since 1997, and work from his dozens of graphic novels. The founder of the comics anthology “World War 3 Illustrated” will also include some “valued treasures” that have been little-seen, including three personal sketchbooks he filled with while traveling in 2010–2012, and some autobiographical work he said he should be “embarrassed to show.”

Many of those personal stories take place in New York. As a resident since the late 1970s, Kuper has illustrated his fair share of stories you could only find in New York, including a victorious ascent to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge in the early 1980s. The cartoonist said that the city has inspired his work.

“New York has been my number one muse — that rolls back to when I was a kid and visiting here,” Kuper said. “My uncle was in a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and my parents brought me here to see them and it rocked my world. I grew up in Cleveland, but I was aimed at New York thereafter.”

But Kuper has also traveled the world. He spoke with this paper the day after returning from Mexico, where he taught an illustration workshop and launched the Spanish language edition his comic book “Ruins,” which follows a couple who take a two-year sabbatical in the southern part of that country, much like Kuper and his wife did. Illustrations from that graphic novel will be on display in Dumbo, alongside some Cubist-style wooden masks he had made while in Indonesia, and other art inspired by his treks around the globe.

“Outside the Box: A Career Retrospect­ive” at Scott Eder Gallery [18 Bridge Street #2i, between Plymouth and John streets in Dumbo. (718) 797–1100 www.scottedergallery.com. Opening reception June 16 at 6 pm. Show open through until Aug. 19, Tue–Fri, 1–6 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Updated 3:33 am, June 14, 2016
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello, John Wasserman here. I, John Wasserman, wanted to be "FIRST!!!" to comment. Pardon the interruption. John Wasserman
June 14, 2016, 10:09 am
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
He is a terrific artist. I have especially admired his brilliant books that illustrate "Metamorphosis" and other stories by Franz Kafka. Check them out in the library or buy them if you like Kafka.
June 14, 2016, 2:55 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to admit it, but growing up, these photographs had a major influence on your own John Wasserman.
John Wasserman
June 14, 2016, 5:08 pm
Zaxby says:
No one cares Wasserman's.
June 15, 2016, 11:09 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!