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"The Sandman". Marc Hempel. Promotional illustration for "The Sandman." Copyright ©1993 DC Comics. The Sandman is a trademark of DC Comics.

An exhibition organized
by the Norman Rockwell Museum

Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute; Utica, New York
March 3, 2012 through April 29, 2012

A comprehensive analysis of a significant emerging artistic and literary genre, LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel will examine the use of sequential art as a significant form of visual communication, and place specific emphasis on the art of the contemporary graphic novel. Published in book form, these stand alone stories employ words and pictures to address thought provoking subjects that will serve as the thematic framework for the exhibition. Commentary by artists and curators focusing on recurring subjects, artistic and cultural influences, and the climate that impacts the creative process will be woven throughout the exhibition where contemporary art meets traditional America.

An increasing number of artists are choosing to express themselves through graphic novels, which have received increased recognition in the popular sector, in noted periodicals including The New York Times, The New Yorker and in classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States and abroad. A graphic novel employs the technique of cinematographic narrative, developed by comic-book artists, telling the story through metaphors and visual images, particularly images of action.

Graphic novels, or long-form comic books, have started to gain the interest and consideration of the art and literary establishment. Graphic novels, with their antiheroes and visual appeal, are approaching the popularity of the novel. Focused on subjects as diverse as the nature of relationships, the perils of war, and the meaning of life, graphic novels comprise the fastest-growing sections of many bookstores.

LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel will feature over 200 original art works, including paintings, drawings, storyboards, studies, books, photographs, and a documentary film, offering insights into the lives of the artists and the nature of their work. The impact on art discourse and the surrounding public community will be deepened and heightened by the powerful literary element of the exhibition.

Fee: $15,000 for a time period of eight to twelve weeks plus shipping and insurance

Contents: Approximately 200 original works – paintings, drawings, storyboards, studies, books, photographs, and a documentary film.
Security: High, all works must be within sight of a trained security officer/staff member at all times during public hours.
Environment: Light level -18 to 22 foot candles for paintings and 5 to 7 foot candles for works on paper and other light restricted objects. Humidity -50% plus or minus 5% and temperature 68 – 72 degrees, no direct sunlight and no direct contact with light fixtures or heating, air conditioning, ventilation, or electrical outlets. Relative humidity levels will be maintained at 50% plus or minus 5%. A stable temperature will be maintained between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The required light level is 18 to 22 foot-candles for paintings and 5 to 7 foot-candles for works on paper and other light restricted objects.
Space: 2300 square feet

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