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THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE: FORGOTTEN WORKS & WORLDS OF HERBERT CROWLEY
By (author): Justin Duerr Edited by: Josh O'Neill
9780997372991 Hardcover, Paper over boards English General Trade ART / Folk & Outsider Art Apr 12, 2019
$187.50 CAD
Active 11 x 17 x 19.3 in 108 pages 250 color illustrations Beehive Books
 
Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards - Best Publication Design 2019, Nominated Art Director's Club Bronze Cube 2019, Winner Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards - Best Archival Publication 2019, Nominated Communication Arts Design Award 2018, Winner
Prior to his disappearance, Herbert Crowley was an innovator at the dawn of comics, and a defining figure of the early 20th century avant-garde. His illustrations were featured alongside work by Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh in the 1913 Armory Show that gave birth to modern art in America. His newspaper strip THE WIGGLEMUCH was printed next to Winsor McCay's LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND in the New York Herald. He had a close relationship with Carl Jung, and was a noted mainstay of theburgeoning NYC experimental art scene. And yet he's been completely erased from history. Aside from a very small selection of his comics, none of his artwork has been published or collected in any form. Until now. Over the course of six years of deep research, we have unearthed a huge number of Crowley paintings, sculptures, illustrations, comics, prints, engravings and ephemera. Contained in this tome you'll find hundreds of jaw-dropping images of otherworldly shrines, whimsical cartoons, grotesque creatures, nightmares and dreamscapes. You will encounter impossible symbolism, encrypted glyphs, and the yearning visual poetry of a brilliant, tormented spirit. Enter THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE, and behold the strange, astonishing visions of a lost legend of modern art. Prior to his disappearance, Herbert Crowley was an innovator at the dawn of comics, and a defining figure of the early 20th century avant-garde. His illustrations were featured alongside work by Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh in the 1913 Armory Show that gave birth to modern art in America. His newspaper strip THE WIGGLEMUCH was printed next to Winsor McCay's LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND in the New York Herald. He had a close relationship with Carl Jung, and was a noted mainstay of the burgeoning NYC experimental art scene. And yet he's been completely erased from history. Aside from a very small selection of his comics, none of his artwork has been published or collected in any form. Untilnow. Over the course of six years of deep research, we have unearthed a huge number of Crowley paintings, sculptures, illustrations, comics, prints, engravings and ephemera. Contained in this tome you'll find hundreds of jaw-dropping images of otherworldly shrines, whimsical cartoons, grotesque creatures, nightmares and dreamscapes. You will encounter impossible symbolism, encrypted glyphs, and the yearning visual poetry of a brilliant, tormented spirit. Enter THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE, andbehold the strange, astonishing visions of a lost legend of modern art.

JUSTIN DUERR: Philadelphia artist, musician and scholar Justin Duerr is best known for his research documented in the 2011 Sundance award-winning documentary Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. The term obsessive is very often employed in describing both his artwork and his unflagging commitment to research. His devotion to this project has been characteristically all-consuming. By following every possible lead and dissecting every available trace of Herbert Crowley aroundthe world, he has managed to uncover a remarkable story, resurrect a lost piece of art history, and unearth the heart-stopping artworks of a true forgotten visionary. The rediscovery of Herbert E. Crowley is the second major research undertaking of Duerr’s life. JOSH O'NEILL: Josh O'Neill is the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning co-founder of the small presses Locust Moon and Beehive Books. An editor, author, educator, curator, journalist and publisher, O'Neill has created books and articles for clients including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Atlantic, Dark Horse Comics, Toon Books, IDW and Amazon. He is also a former retailer who ran a comic shop and annual comics festival in West Philadelphia. The City Paper wrote that "you can't talk about Philadelphia comics without talking about Josh O'Neill."

"As someone interested in the weirdnesses and roads not taken in the history of comix, Crowley is one of the most idiosyncratic and quirky artists in the cohort. I salute him, and you for doing the heavy-lifting archaeological dig of bringing him back to the surface again." - Art Spiegelman "It's totally unique. There's nothing else like it. I think that THE WIGGLEMUCH is the greatest newspaper strip ever drawn. It's just this weird, infantile crazy coming with these heavy, heavy themes in it. It's just amazing." -Jim Woodring "Herbert Crowley's drawings are quite interesting in as much as they contain curious symbols referring to the sympathicus as well as to the multiple luminosities of the collective unconscious. He has been driven in to astounding depths -- quite dangerous when consciousness is not up to it. Such things usually leave a peculiar void in the conscious world after they have passed." -Carl Jung "[Herbert Crowley's] life and work is now the subject ofa large and generously illustrated book, Herbert Crowley: The Temple of Silence by Justin Duerr. It is the kind of scholarly and research-driven deep dive that I wish for about... well, most everything. Duerr gathers every conceivable strand of Crowley's unusual and extremely complicated life and work and weaves them together into a coherent and quite moving whole." -Dan Nadel

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