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New Boca museum show takes splashy comic art seriously

The new Boca Raton Museum of Art show may have comics in the title, but don’t expect Disney or superheroes. This exhibit is edgy and for grownups.

That’s why it’s called “Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art,” said senior curator Kathy Goncharov. “Artists take this seriously. There’s a lot of political stuff.”

Comic buffs can hang out in the IKEA reading room space, filled with books on R. Crumb, “Maus” author Art Spiegelman and other masters of the craft. TV monitors show what early moving cartoons looked like, including Krazy Kat.

The show steps off with a huge foot hung in the lobby. That Michael Zansky image sets the satirical mood and symbolically leads the viewer through an ethnically diverse show.

Burn Everything, pencil on paper by Yoshitomo Nara

The first thing you see is a giant hand on the floor with moving design projections. That’s Chitra Ganesh’s take on hand henna practiced by people from India.

A wall-length set of comic strips show one artist’s take on African-American everyday life. Other works reference Nelson Mandela and a police shooting in New York. Painter Enrique Chagoya comes with Mexican sensibilities. Yoshitomo Nara’s “Burn Everything” speaks for itself.

Renee Cox’s portrait of herself as a Jamaican guerilla fighter is stunning.

Christine Marclay looks at this kind of graphic art through the eyes of a composer with the requisite sounds on canvas. THRAX. KaBoom. BWHAmm!

The exhibit is on view through Oct. 6 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on the north end of Mizner Park. For hours and admission, visit their website.

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