Gore Vidal

Spontaneous Publicity

Spontaneous Publicity

Face|BookThrough March 29 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson's Amalie Rothschild Gallery

Alex Queral's portrait of Robert Crumb looks just like Robert Crumb-at least, the version of Crumb that immediately springs to this mind, which is Crumb's self-portrait in comics form: the oversize glasses, the meticulously bushy mustache, the open-mouthed near-grin, the neatly tousled hair, the Oxford shirt and V-neck sweater, all rendered in naturalistic-ish black and white. What makes Queral's "Crumb after crumb" more than an act of mimicry is the medium. Queral carved Crumb's face out of the pages of a telephone book, which he...

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