Comics and fine art have a long history together — from Roy Lichtenstein’s appropriated comic panels re-imagined as fine art to fine artists spending time in comics. But in a new exhibition at Los Angeles’ Gagosian Gallery, one artist highlights not the characters of comics — but the amazing worlds.
In a series of sculptures titled “Cities,” artist Mike Kelley has sculpted different representations of the Kryptonian city of Kandor. Referred to in conversations by the artist as “common images of the city of the future,” these pieces — 20 in all — are scale models based on specific comic book panels depicting Kandor throughout comic history.
If you’re in the L.A. area, the show is on display through Feb. 19.