The Comics Section

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 38 1/2" x 30 1/4"
  Edition size: 250
  Numbered Proofs: 52
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 15
  Total Edition size: 317
  Number of colors: 21
  Year printed: 2004
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 1520
Throughout his career Authouart has acted as a historian using canvas and paint instead of words to record contemporary culture and significant events of our time. Viewing New York City as the center of present day activity and culture, it is therefore natural for him to do a piece focusing on September 11, 2001.
In his inimitable style, using pop icons, a Times Square setting and his love of comics, he has put it all together in a classic piece… The Comics Section .
The image is of Times Square on that historic day, but the background is a newspaper comic section dated September 11, 2001. The first cell of the first comic in the upper left (all comics are to be viewed left to right) begins with an airplane ready to attack New York City. Superman arrives but not even our ultimate super hero could prevent the result we know all too well.
In the second comic an R. Crumb (an influence on Authouart ) character watches the event unfold and can’t believe what’s happening. In the last cell of this strip, all the American heroes watch in disbelief.
The third strip is of spies, plots and airplanes. The fourth shows a cowboy shooting an Indian. Perhaps a comment on our past.
The final two lines are the comic strip Erotik Cathy. In the first cell Cathy and her friend are sleeping in the predawn hours of September 11. Imagine the man with an erection under the sheet and the World Trade Center, seen through the window, is an extension of his erection, of his manhood if you will. Cathy has an appointment at the WTC this morning. The last cell shows her getting into a taxi. This last cell is the same picture Authouart has made the focal point in the Times Square part of this image. It puts a very human face on the event and offers insight into how everyday people were about to be affected beyond their imagination on that tragic day.

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