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The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware 

When: Nov. 11-Jan. 19 2015
The November 10 cover of the New Yorker features a drawing by renowned cartoonist and Oak Park resident Chris Ware. It's an illustration of a health clinic at a Walmart-style big-box store: a clinician walks out of a door into the waiting area looking down at a clipboard he's holding; seated are mothers with children on their laps. Aside from superb color choice and hyperprecise lines, what stands out are the gestures: the children all reach out for one another while their mothers, looking askance, pull them away. A line of gallery text in the Art Institute's charming, maddeningly brief "The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware" offers the best description I've read of what makes the artist's work so special: Ware, it says, has command of "a unique visual language engineered specifically for the way the human mind inherently processes pictures in sequence into something understood as narrative." Continue reading >>

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