Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
300 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/21/2014
| Mr. Mothersbaugh works in virtually every form and medium, and his work has always been unified and singular (perhaps a result of the simple fact that it all comes from the same exotic and densely populated alien planet: his brain). For forty years, he has set about creating a body of work that amounts to his own Magic Kingdom. ---Wes Anderson
Mark Mothersbaugh is a legendary figure for fans of both street art and music culture. Cofounder of the seminal New Wave band Devo, he was a prolific visual artist before the band s inception, moving seamlessly between multiple mediums and creating bold, cartoonish, strangely disturbed works of pop surrealism that playfully explore the relationship between technology and individuality. In the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia features a lifetime of his creative inventions from the beginning of his artistic career in the 1970s to his most recent work, including early postcards, screen prints, decals, and Devo ephemera as well as later paintings, photographs (such as the celebrated Beautiful Mutants series), sculpture, and rugs. Accompanied by a major six-city traveling exhibition, this richly illustrated catalog positions Mothersbaugh as a pivotal figure in the history of both contemporary art and indie culture.
Adam Lerner is the director and chief animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.