Barks Retrospective Opening Night July 17 7pm-11pm
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GEM Prepares Largest Exhibition of Barks Originals Ever Assembled
(Baltimore, MD) Drawing from the two largest privately held collections of paintings and other works by world-renowned Disney artist Carl Barks, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore will host the largest exhibit ever assembled of the late Disney creator’s compositions from Friday, July 17 to Tuesday, September 8, 2009.
A significant percentage of the master’s 125 oil-on-masonite paintings will be joined by preliminaries, studies, statues and comic book pages for this exclusive exhibit. GEM will also host a sale of Barks originals, lithographs, statues and Barks-themed items by Diamond International Galleries during this same period.
Among the pieces being exhibited are many on loan from the private collections of Kerby Confer and GEM founder Steve Geppi, widely regarded as the two most extensive representations of Carl Barks’ paintings and other works.
Before he retired from his comic book career in 1966 and turned to painting, Carl Barks had established himself with Disney fans the world over. He is remembered as a master storyteller, and is impact on storytelling in comic books – and not just Disney comics – is difficult to overstate.
While in most cases in the long history of Disney comic books, stories on the printed page has followed characters first seen on movie or television screens, his creations actually sprang from the comic book world before going onto the other mediums. His most famous creation is Uncle Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck’s notoriously thrifty uncle. He also created the town of Duckburg and its residents such as Gladstone Gander, the Beagle Boys, Gyro Gearloose, and Magica De Spell, among many others.
His paintings are in many of the top collections in the world and have long brought six figures when offered for sale. Exhibits of his work have been staged in Europe and the United States, but this will be the first one encompassing so many of his originals.
Barks, who was born March 27, 1901 and passed way August 25, 2000, wasn’t just any comic book artist. After a relative brief stint as a Disney studio illustrator, he turned to comic books. Because his work appeared under Walt Disney’s byline (as did all Disney comic strip and comic book art in those days, at least in America), his fans only got to know him by his work…but know him they indeed did. Signed or not, they knew the work of the man they called “The Good Duck Artist” when they saw it.
His “retirement” kept him busy for more than 30 years, as he famously painted a series of highly sought-after paintings (oil on masonite was his typical medium). The pieces usually featured the familiar Disney characters, but even when they didn’t things were interesting. A master of lighting, colors and composition, Barks found new ways to push his understanding of art and never lost his own curiosity about it.
GEM is hosting a special Opening Night of the Carl Barks Retrospective on July 17 from 7pm-11pm. Tickets are $75.00 for members ($99.95 non-members) and can be obtained by calling Danielle Geppi-Patras at 410-625-7061. For more details click here!
The following hotel is offering discounted room rates for the exhibit's debut 7/16, 7/17 & 7/18 (reference the booking code BARKS):
Crowne Plaza Baltimore
Baltimore North Hunt Valley
2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, Maryland 21093