Press & Media

“Gallery Walk: Paths of Logic,” New Orleans Art Review

Here in New Orleans, contemporary galleries glisten with the wares of artists’ contemplations, beckoning us to sample different paths of logic. Along the Warehouse District’s Julia Street, a seemingly wide range of concerns is evident with a deployment of everything from discarded boxes and Ninth Ward Yats to 3D glasses and mythical organics Read More

“Vic and Nat’ly cartoonist Bunny Matthews announces he has brain cancer,” Gambit

Matthews, whose cartoons appeared in Gambit for years (along with every other local publication), has provoked, skewered and amused the New Orleans arts, music and media communities in cartoons and print since making his debut in the now-defunct Figaro in the 1970s. Two compilations of Vic and Nat’ly were published in the 1980s, featuring the flamboyant, buxom Nat’ly and greasy, cigarette-ash dripping Vic (whom Matthews said was modeled after former New Orleans Mayor Vic Schiro). Read More

“Homesketch, Review: Bunny Matthews’ Cartoons Show NOLA, A-Z,” NOLA Defender

Bunny Matthews new show “The People of New Orleans from A to Z” hangs at the Arthur Roger Gallery throughout March until April 19th, celebrating a closing reception on Saturday the 5th. The series reads like a children’s A to Z book of illustrations on uniformly 17×14 paper, ink, and colored pencil renderings. It is exciting to see cartoon caricatures on the walls at Arthur Roger. The surge of acceptance for comic-style drawing is a late 20th, early 21st century advent, owing nearly everything to New Orleanian George Herriman. Herriman’s “Krazy Kat” strip would be an inspiration to Robert Crumb and eventually Abstract Expressionist Philip Guston. Beginning with the lampooning caricature of Honore Daumier, Daumier’s caricatures have only entered into fine arts education post-feminism. Read More

“Review: The People of New Orleans from A to Z,” Gambit

In 1920s Germany, a photographer named August Sander did a very German thing: He published a catalog of the German people. Like a field guide to birds, its subjects ranged from bankers to beggars, posed in their work clothes. Although initially well received, it was banned when Adolf Hitler came to power because Sanders’ people didn’t look like his idea of a “master race.” Fortunately, no one ever mistook New Orleanians for a master race, so Bunny Matthews’ drawings, The People of New Orleans From A to Z, are available for all to see. Rendered in his traditional post-psychedelic baroque caricature style, Astrologer captures the zoned-out gaze of a bejeweled lady in a turban as she peers into the wonders and terrors of the future. The Drunk, by contrast, sees little beyond his martini, but The Fisherman, depicted with the oil rig-studded waters of the Gulf behind him, clutches a redfish as proudly as the father of a newborn babe who worries about the future. Read More