Iké Udé’s photo Amy Fine Collins (2010) showed the fashion critic Collins sitting ramrod straight amid flamboyant patterns, while Eric Fischl’s knockout painting The Krakoffs (2006) advanced the society portrait with a masterful use of black clothing that cuts diagonally through the composition and offsets the subjects’ at-odds psyches, and two blurry “head-shot” portraits by the Iranian-born Y.Z. Kami plumbed depths one can’t quite fathom.
And then came the Crumbs—father (R.), mother (Aline Kominsky-Crumb), and daughter (Sophie)—keeping things from becoming boring. Aline’s garish colored-pencil drawing Lemon Tree Very Pretty (2011), with its lemon-sucking, cocktail-holding blonde, left viewers humming the title tune throughout the show—and beyond. Who says crassness doesn’t endure?
A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of ARTnews on page 97.