Artist

Peter Kuper

Nationality

American

Artist Dates

b. 1958

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Medium

Screenprint

Edition #

AP

Signature

Lower right

Height

30"

Width

20"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Displayed

Location

Columbia Hall, Honors Department

Additional Information

Perhaps best known for taking over Mad magazine’s Spy vs. Spy (beginning in 1997), Peter Kuper is a New York alternative cartoonist and graphic novelist. The suite of screenprints on display is based on Kuper’s 1995 graphic novel of the same name—which in turn appropriates a short (126-word) literary work by Kafka.

Kuper, who has been a visiting artist at UND, produced this print in the Department of Art & Design’s printmaking facility with the assistance of students. By working alongside professional artists, UND students are provided with unique learning opportunities. The students’ collaborations with visiting artists have been enhanced through Sundog Multiples—a printmaking venture created by Art & Design Professor Kim Fink, in conjunction with UND Art Collections, and generously funded by the Myers Foundations.

Additional information provided by Stephany Dimoulas:

Peter Kuper is an American comic artist and an illustrator. He is best known for World War 3 Illustrated, a political comic magazine. His work regularly appears in numerous newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, The Nation, and Mad. Kuper’s artistic work combines an alternative style of comics and illustrations, and often lacks the use of words. Peter Kuper was a visiting artist for UND in 2011.

Give It Up!, produced in the Department of Art & Design’s printmaking facility with the assistance of students, appropriates a literary work by novelist Franz Kafka. The five-piece comic adaptation of Kafka’s short story Give It Up!involves graphic imagery and abstract layouts to portray the scenes. In this series, Kuper effectively illustrates Kafka’s theme of societal oppression and authority.

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