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April 28, 2011
R. Crumb's interpretation of Genesis coming to San Jose museum

crumb.bmpBy Dixie Reid

The San Jose Museum of Art announced today that one of its big summertime exhibitions will be "The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis."

The show runs June 23 through Sept. 25.

Robert Crumb, a popular underground artist known for such unforgettable characters as Keep On Truckin' (photo at left) and Fritz the Cat, spent five years adapting the Holy Bible's first book in comic form. In 2009, W.W. Norton published 224-page "The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb."

The exhibition will include Crumb's original drawings from the book.

"R. Crumb's influence has spread far beyond the world of comics and graphic novels," said museum director Susan Krane. "Many of his images are now icons of our visual culture. In his adaptation of Genesis, he has recast familiar narratives from this fundamental text of Western civilization in his instantly recognizable style and brought these stories alive for a contemporary audience."

Los Angeles' Hammer Museum organized the exhibition.

The San Jose Museum of Art is at 110 S. Market St. in downtown San Jose. For hours, admission and information: (408) 271-6840,

PHOTO: One of R. Crumb's most memorable characters is "Keep On Truckin'." The image comes from the 1995 documentary "Crumb."

Credit: Associated Press/Sony Pictures Classics

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