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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Out now: White Cube by Brecht Vandenbroucke!


We're delighted to announce that Drawn & Quarterly's latest publication is now in the store! White Cube is the Belgian cartoonist and illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke’s debut book, and it's a collection of mostly wordless gag strips that follow a pair of creepy, pink-faced twins ("the aesthetic critics," as Vandenbroucke calls them) as they attempt to understand contemporary art and the gallery world.


As Brecht said to It's Nice That in an interview, "They always have an opinion and feel the need to express this, sometimes by destroying the actual art or giving it a thumbs-up (as seen on Facebook). They even continue this into their daily life leading to some bizarre situations."

These two guys are constantly tormenting this kid! Note that one of them is reading Charles Burns' Black Hole, and the other is reading Walter Benjamin.
Their reactions to the art they encounter are usually outageous, as they paint over Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica and re-create a pixelated version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream after receiving one too many e-mails. Lushly painted, these irreverent strips poke fun at the staid, often smug art world with absurd and often blackly comic satire.

Pointillist pixel porn: is it art???

Vandenbroucke’s distinctive work blends the highbrow with the low, equally referencing Gordon Matta-Clark’s site-specific artwork and the Three Stooges’ slapstick timing. With a knowing wink at the reader, Vandenbroucke continuously uncovers something to laugh about in the stuffiness and pretentiousness of the art world.

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