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Roeder, Katherine. "Chris Ware and the Burden of Art History." The Comics of Chris Ware. Drawing is a Way of Thinking. Eds. David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010. 65–77. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0005
BibTeX citation key: Roeder2010
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Keywords: "ACME Novelty Library", Art, Intertextuality, Museum, USA, Ware. Chris
Creators: Ball, Kuhlman, Roeder
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: The Comics of Chris Ware. Drawing is a Way of Thinking
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This chapter examines Chris Ware’s comics version of art history and how it reveals his fundamental ambivalence toward high art and the institution of the museum, even when he has been celebrated by many in these arenas. By analyzing “Our History of Art,” a series of episodes that appears among the opening pages of The ACME Report, it highlights the tension between Ware’s suspicion of the art world and his familiarity and ease with its conventions. The chapter also considers Ware’s advocacy for a greater awareness of comics in relation to his critique of traditional art histories. Furthermore, it discusses the influence of artists such as William Hogarth, René Magritte, and Philip Guston on Ware’s artistic production, along with his skepticism toward both art criticism and art museums.
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