Sandow Birk

While I went to the museum for Mexicanismo first and Renegade Humor second, that Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy was also on display was a nice bonus. In many ways a logical follow up to R. Crumb’s Genesis,* it’s interesting to see something so canonical be taken into the present day.

*I’m fully expecting a modern take on Milton next year.

The lithographs feel correct with the source material.  The modern settings and look are enough to make things more pertinent. It’s also nice (and appropriate) to translate Dante into the current vernacular.

I don’t have a lot more to add but I’m interested now in reading the books. The exhibit only has some of the pictures and text and I’d like to see how the entire piece fits together. I just don’t know when I’ll have the time to do so since reading the complete Commedia is a bit of a commitment.

Author: Nick Vossbrink

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