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Robert Crumb

Data de nascimento: 30. Agosto 1943

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Robert Crumb é um artista gráfico e ilustrador, reconhecido como um dos fundadores do movimento underground dos quadrinhos americanos, sendo considerado por muitos como uma das figuras mais proeminentes desse movimento, cujo ponto de partida foi publicação do gibi artesanal, Zap Comix , idealizado por ele.

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„Before industrial civilization, local and regional communities made their own music, their own entertainment.“

— Robert Crumb
Context: Before industrial civilization, local and regional communities made their own music, their own entertainment. The esthetics were based on traditions that went far back in time—i. e. folklore. But part of the con of mass culture is to make you forget history, disconnect you from tradition and the past. Sometimes that can be a good thing. Sometimes it can even be revolutionary. But tradition can also keep culture on an authentic human level, the homespun as opposed to the mass produced. Industrial civilization figured out how to manufacture popular culture and sell it back to the people. You have to marvel at the ingenuity of it! The problem is that the longer this buying and selling goes on, the more hollow and bankrupt the culture becomes. It loses its fertility, like worn out, ravaged farmland. Eventually, the yokels who bought the hype, the pitch, they want in on the game. When there are no more naive hicks left, you have a culture where everybody is conning each other all the time. There are no more earnest "squares" left—everybody's "hip", everybody is cynical. The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski (2005), p. 180

„Industrial civilization figured out how to manufacture popular culture and sell it back to the people. You have to marvel at the ingenuity of it!“

— Robert Crumb
Context: Before industrial civilization, local and regional communities made their own music, their own entertainment. The esthetics were based on traditions that went far back in time—i. e. folklore. But part of the con of mass culture is to make you forget history, disconnect you from tradition and the past. Sometimes that can be a good thing. Sometimes it can even be revolutionary. But tradition can also keep culture on an authentic human level, the homespun as opposed to the mass produced. Industrial civilization figured out how to manufacture popular culture and sell it back to the people. You have to marvel at the ingenuity of it! The problem is that the longer this buying and selling goes on, the more hollow and bankrupt the culture becomes. It loses its fertility, like worn out, ravaged farmland. Eventually, the yokels who bought the hype, the pitch, they want in on the game. When there are no more naive hicks left, you have a culture where everybody is conning each other all the time. There are no more earnest "squares" left—everybody's "hip", everybody is cynical. The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski (2005), p. 180

„Me, me, me...myself & I...oh no!!! Trapped in my stupid self!“

— Robert Crumb
Context: What the hell is this?? Who can tell me?? Does anybody know?? How can I find out more about it?? One thing's sure: the human mind can't "know" it... why does one want to "know"?? Is it a quest for "freedom"? One no longer wishes to be a puppet dancing on the strings of... of what? Animal instincts?? Learned reflexes? Programmed behavior?? Ingrained habits of perception?? How limited are we by the experience of our senses, by our physical nature?? To be fully alive is a stupendous struggle! We want the rewards without the struggle--- ---a fatal error!... No such thing as an easy life! Everybody has a hard time... struggle or die! To find out what's really going on it's necessary to get around the ego.. an art requiring persistent and determined effort... Me, me, me... myself & I... oh no!!! Trapped in my stupid self! From his sketchbook (28 March 1998), reproduced in The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski (2005), p. 372

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„Killing yourself is a major commitment, it takes a kind of courage. Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation. It's kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.“

— Robert Crumb
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/mar/07/robertcrumb.comics "Simon Hattenston talks to Robert Crumb"], The Guardian, 7 March 2005.

„The giant female bodybuilder proves unthinking people wrong who believe feminine beauty can never be harmonious with well developed musculature.“

— Robert Crumb
As quoted in the Picturing The Modern Amazon exhibition [https://mnaves.wordpress.com/2000/06/19/picturing-the-modern-amazon-at-the-new-museum]

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„When I come up against the real world, I just vacillate.“

— Robert Crumb
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/mar/07/robertcrumb.comics "Simon Hattenston talks to Robert Crumb"], The Guardian, 7 March 2005.

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