Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022

 

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022
Photo: Galerie Vidourle Prix. In 2005, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Julie Katan founded the art gallery Galerie Vidourle Prix, located in Sauve (France), to promote art and new creative expressions.

Aline Goldsmith, better known as Aline Kominsky-Crumb, died on 29 November at the age of 74.

Kominsky-Crumb grew up on Long Island and immersed herself in the world of underground comics while studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the late 1960s. He moved to San Francisco in 1972 to pursue his art career, and it was then that he met Robert Crumb after mutual friends noted a casual resemblance to a character Crumb had created several years earlier called “Honeybunch Kaminsky”

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022
Photo: HA

The couple married in 1978 and had a daughter, Sophie, in 1981. They had lived in Sauve since 1991. The Crumb Gallery can be visited in Sauve in the south of France

In 2016, Comics Alliance included Aline Kominsky in a list of 12 women who deserved recognition for their life’s work in comics in an article with this text:

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022
Wimmen’s Comix #1

“Aline Kominksy-Crumb began drawing comics before she met Robert Crumb, but her career and talent are often unfairly overshadowed by his

A contributor to the first issue of Wimmen’s Comix, founder of the Twisted Sisters anthology and editor and contributor to Weirdo, Kominsky-Crumb likened the underground comics scene of the 1960s and 70s to a boys’ club

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022

Nevertheless, she persevered in her explorations of female sexuality and domesticity with her unfiltered, studiously ugly style, especially with her autobiographical character “The Bunch

Love That Bunch, published in 1990, is Kominsky-Crumb’s only solo book in print.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022
No. 18 of Weirdo, the first issue of Aline Kominsky’s tenure as editor.

In 2011 it was published Tell me about love (La Cúpula). An album in which Alina and Crumb draw themselves by chronicling their relationship, questioning her Jewish roots and his irreducible erotic obsession, and reminiscing about their move from the US to the south of France as they ramble on about art, life, love and the passage of time.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022


Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022
Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022

On 18 February 2107, “Aline Kominsky-Crumb & R. Crumb Drawn Together“, the couple’s first joint exhibition in a commercial gallery, opened at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022

Robert Crumb’s official Instagram account today posted this image accompanying a farewell text.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, 1948-2022

We’re very saddened that Aline Kominski-Crumb, cartoonist, mother and Robert’s wife for almost 50 years, has passed away at 74 years old. Aline previously beat her bout with colon cancer–changed her diet, stopped drinking and transformed her body with her intense yoga workouts–but quickly succumbed to pancreatic cancer in the last several months of this year. Because her father died from pancreatic cancer at an early age, Aline always feared it would claim her too, and her fears were ultimately justified.


She was the hub of the wheel within her family and community. She had huge amounts of energy which she poured into her artwork, her daughter, her grandchildren and the meals which brought everyone together. It was her energy that transformed the American Crumb family into a Southern French one, with her daughter Sophie living, marrying and having three French children there. She will be dearly missed within that family, and from the international cartooning community, but, especially by Robert, who shared almost the last 50 years of his life with her.


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