Arte war in der Robert Crumb-Ausstellung im MoMA in Paris, wo sie noch bis zum August eine Retrospektive seiner Arbeiten zeigen. Und: Paul Gravett hatte Crumb zur Ausstellung für das Magazin Art Review interviewt und hat das ungekürzt auf seiner Website veröffentlicht, Snip:
What are you digging into now?
In the last few years, I’ve got so deeply involved investigating scandalous shit that goes on in modern business and culture. It’s very difficult to interpret in comics, I’m trying to figure it out. There’s not a lot of action or humour, it’s serious, grim shit. You could get your ass in trouble doing that, too. I remember when I did this thing in the Seventies, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, where I had him being this revolutionary who throws bombs at the Rockefeller mansion and shortly after that was published, the Internal Revenue Service came after me.
I remember, you got a big tax bill around that time.
Yeah and I believe they wanted to neutralise me. In fact, I heard from a guy I met recently who used to work for a security agency, and he said, ‘Oh, Crumb, I heard that you had been neutralised!’ I worry about that a little bit, you know! If you dig up underneath the surface and publicise it on a large scale like I would do in my work, the forces of power…
That’s presuming you can find a publisher for it…
There are publishers who would probably do it, though they would be smaller publishers. Since it’s my work, they would probably do it. It’s true, with a big publisher, it would be difficult.