Fighting Men, Vanessa Calvert, and Summer Camp!

Jack Kirby, Captain America #211, page 1, 1977, Inker: Mike Royer, pen and brush and ink on Bristol board, 15 x 10 in. Courtesy of Aaron Noble and Jenette Goldstein. ™ & © Marvel and Subs.

Fighting Men: Golub, Voulkos, and Kirby To create Fighting Men: Golub, Voulkos, and Kirby, curator Daniel Duford pulled together three seemingly disparate artists who worked with different media and were part of different genres. “Jack Kirby (1917-1994), Leon Golub (1922-2004), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2000) occupy alternate dimensions—their achievements are chronicled in different art histories, each with its own priorities.” However, Duford was interested in exploring the work of these three artists because “they were all immersed in discredited mediums and subject matter—they rooted around in the mud of history and myth, emerging with their own muscular and ham-fisted approach to their respective materials.” Duford conceived of Golub, Voulkos, and Kirby within the theme of Fighting Men because of the violence and power that pervades their works. “The specter of violence and the consequences of power animate this exhibition—raw power emanates from the artwork,” states Duford. Leon Golub’s cautionary paintings depict the violence stemming from political power gone awry. Peter Voulkos’ ceramic pieces are the result of the powerful strength involved in punching great slabs of clay together to arrive at an object of beauty. Jack Kirby’s historically significant comic illustrations […]