Art Spiegelman

Raids To Rid Russia Of Nazi Imagery Run Amok

Pulitzer-Prize winning ‘Maus’ is trashed

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In an attempt to rid Moscow of all Nazi imagery, bookstores mistakenly trashed the Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel, “Maus,” which tells the story of a Jewish family during the Holocaust.

The novel, written by cartoonist Art Spiegelman, portrays Jews as mice and Germans as cats in order to illustrate the horrors of Nazism and the concentration camps. The novel displays a caricature of a swastika on the cover.

Art Spiegelman poses in front of his work at an exhibition in Paris in 2012. Getty Images

Spiegelman, In Words, Images And Music

Glimpses into the graphic novelist’s unique world where pictures and text ‘Co-Mix.’

01/27/2014 - 19:00
Culture Editor

As a young boy, Art Spiegelman would copy cartoon strips about Little Lulu and Donald Duck. By 14, he was illustrating his own stories with homemade comics, and at 15 he created and distributed his own satire magazine, Blasé. The magazine had edge; a young woman on the cover of a 1964 edition is asked, “What’s a nice girl like you doing on a cover like this?”

“Self-Portrait with Maus Mask,” 1989, above. Copyright © 1989 by Art Spiegelman. the artist and The Wylie Agency LLC.

Looking Back At Art Spiegelman’s Retrospective

What is beautifully presented in “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” at The Jewish Museum, in addition to original drawings from the “Maus” series, is the enormous range of work that Spiegelman produced beyond those volumes. Included are comic books, magazine illustrations, children’s books illustrations, political satire, trading cards and stickers, New Yorker covers, and even a collaboration with the dance group Pilobolus and a stained glass window for The High School of Art & Design, just to name a few.

Art Spiegelman, It Was Today, Only Yesterday (detail), 2012, The High School of Art and Design, New York.  Copyright © 2012
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