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Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. Her work engages subculture, politics, and rebellion. Crabapple’s 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, a series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011, led to her being called “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, and “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. She is the fourth artist in the last decade to draw Guantanamo Bay.
Crabapple is a columnist for VICE and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, Corriere della Serra and Der Spiegel. She was shortlisted for a Frontline Club Award for Print Journalism in 2013. Her published books include Discordia (with Laurie Penny; Random House, 2012) on the Greek economic crisis, and the art books Devil in the Details and Week in Hell (IDW 2012). Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.
Called “equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil,” by The Guardian; and “a brilliant and principled artist” by BoingBoing, Crabapple learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore. She spent four years as the staff artist of The Box, one of the world’s most lavish (and notorious) nightclubs.
At age 22, she founded Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, a chain of alternative drawing classes that now has branches in 100+ cities, and has produced events at venues including the Centre Pompidou, the Brooklyn Museum, and Hampton Court Palace in England.
She regularly speaks to audiences around the world, at institutions including Harvard, the Museum of Modern Art, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University. Her works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The New York Historical Society, and The Rubin Museum of Art.
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