At Art on Paper, Sept. 8-11 at Pier 36 in downtown Manhattan, Steven Kasher Gallery will exhibit in our booth over ninety works by nine female artists whose work is rooted in comics and graphic novels. They have published best-selling graphic novels, won top awards, had museum shows, been published in top journals, become Instagram stars.
Virtuosos, these artists draw with the heroism of emotional vulnerability, telling stories we need to hear. Some are being brought to the art marketplace here for the first time.
Heather Benjamin is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. She has been featured in over 10 solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions in galleries worldwide. She's been self-publishing zines and books of her drawings since 2008. Her first full-length book, Sad Sex, collects the first 10 issues of her self-published zine of the same name, and was published by Desert Island in 2012. Her second book, Exorcise Boo, is a collection of 70 drawings, published by A Bolha Editora in Brazil in 2013. Romantic Story is a collection of drawings released in 2015. In 2016, Sacred Bones released Captive Mother.
Tara Booth is an Ignatz Award winning comics artist, painter, and textile designer from Philadelphia. She studied painting at Tyler School of Art and has had work printed in various publications including the New York Times, Vice, and Best American Comics. Her publications include How To Be Alive (2017), Nocturne (2018), and Things To Do Instead Of Killing Yourself (2019).
Leela Corman's comics are riddled with explicit self-portraits, beautifully rendered. And many of her characters look remarkably like her. Corman was brought up on the isle of Manahatta (Lenape land) but spends much of her imagination in the Old World, the Europe of World War II. She offers her stories as inoculations. As she says, "Each one is like a gigantic lullaby for people whose grief is exhausting. A cave to crawl into, where our sorrow is seen, and we are allowed to rest."
Emil Ferris's first book, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, has taken the comics world by storm since it's publication in 2017. It has been published in nine languages and honored with numerous awards. Ferris has exhibited her art extensively in the US and Europe and was most recently honored to teach classes at the Louve.
Born in 1981 in Woodland, California, Sophie Crumb began drawing and making cartoons and illustrations at the age of two. As a young girl, Crumb was an avid reader of comics and contributed some of her childhood illustrations to her parents' well-known series Weirdo and Dirty Laundry Comics. In 2002, Fantagraphics Books published Belly Button Comix, Crumb's autobiographical comic detailing living in Paris in her early twenties. Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist, a publication featuring over three hundred of her drawings, which tracks her development as an artist from her youth through her late twenties, was published in 2010. She has had solo exhibitions at DCKT Contemporary, New York (2014, with Kominsky-Crumb; 2010), and her work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Musée régional d'art contemporain Occitanie, in Sérignan, France (2022), and BravinLee Programs, New York (2016), and David Zwirner, Paris (2021).
November Garcia makes comics about life and is best known for Foggy Notions (Hic and Hoc), as well as her ongoing series, Malarkey (self-published). She recently re-located back to the Philippines from San Francisco, CA with her husband, cat and dog. She has only one working eye so don't wave at her from her left side if you're hoping for a response.
Shira Spector is a Jewish Canadian lesbian cartoonist who earned a BFA in Fibres (with Distinction) from Concordia University in Montreal. Her work has been widely anthologized and exhibited in Toronto where she is transplanted with her wife and son and a succession of rescue dogs. Shira draws inspiration from theatricality in all its forms whether found in nature or the best parts of aqua musicals. Believing that play and poetry are not luxuries, and that opportunities to embrace the fantastical belong to the daily living, she accepts defying the mundane as her personal mission in life. She is the recipient of multiple grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, as well as a Fund the Change and Sustainable Arts Foundation (USA). Her debut graphic memior Red Rock Baby Candy is published by Fantagraphics.
Elizabeth Trevino is an artist living and working in San Antonio. She studied printmaking at the University of Texas at San Antonio. "My drawings are small, sarcastic and sometimes sad." With her husband, Maurice, she collaborates on large-scale paintings which have been exhibited at Bale Creek Allen Gallery, San Antonio. She publishes her drawings on Instagram @Betsy_Baquash. This is the first time her solo work has been exhibited in real life.
Lauren Weinstein is a cartoonist and artist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Nautilus, and The Guardian, among many other outlets. For the past twenty years, her funny, beautiful and bizarre comics and graphic novels have addressed universal human issues such as morality, time, motherhood, and most recently domestic violence. Her books include Inside Vineyland (2003), Girl Stories (2005), Goddess of War (2008), and The Gift of Time (2021).