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Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art. Ed. Valerie Cassel. Houston TX: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2003. 127pp.

Paperback: ISBN-10: 0936080787 || ISBN-13: 978-0936080789

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The publication accompanied an exhibition that presented over 80 works of art by 35 artists. Beginning with Pop Art in the 1960’s, the exhibition explores the influence of cartoons and comics in contemporary art over three generations of contemporary art activity. The project traces the use of iconography and techniques borrowed from the comics and used by artists to point out and advance their own political, social, racial and cultural agendas. Among the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are: Laylah Ali, Michael Ray Charles, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Elizabeth Murray, Sigmar Polke, Peter Saul, Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, and many others. Includes essays by Valerie Cassel, Roger Sabin, and Bernard Welt; a comics timeline by Jamie Colville; documentation on the artists’ careers.

Lenders to the Exhibition ... 6
Foreword - Marti Mayo ... 7
Acknowledgments - Valerie Cassel ... 8

Quote and Be Banned...? - Roger Sabin ... 10
Between a Bedrock and a Nuclear Power Plant - Valerie Cassel ... 16
Against Nature - Bernard Welt ... 30
A Cartoon Timeline - Jamie Coville ... 34

Catalogue of the Exhibition ... 44
SPLAT: Squashing the Force Field of Pop Icons ... 48
BOOM: Exploding the Language of Art through Alien Technology ... 62
POW: Slammin' into Mt. Mythomania and Spewing Alter Egos and New Superheroes ... 76

Artists' Biograhies and Bibliographies - Clare Elliott ... 96

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