Adda gallery & Taxie gallery are pleased to announce “Wizards, Lizards N’ Broads: 50 Years of Bode Art” by Mark Bodé and Vaughn Bodé for the 44th edition of Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême (France) 2017, widely recognised as the biggest european comic event.
Son of VAUGHN BODÉ – important author of Comics book underground American of the Seventies with Gilbert Shelton and Robert Crumb – MARK BODÉ takes advantage of his invitation to the 44th Comics Festival in Angoulême to pay a fervent homage to the work of his father.
In this capacity, like his father, he produced a Cartoon Concert, as Vaughn had presented it himself at the 2nd Festival of Angoulême where he had also been invited in 1975 – a few months before his death.
And while a few years before his premature death in 75, VAUGHN went to Paris and met Moebius, Tardi and Druillet it is also here for MARK, an opportunity to reconnect with part of its history.
On 30 or so original drawings and plates by MARK, but also original drawings by VAUGHN, sculptures and personal souvenirs kept in secret, the exhibition focuses on the BODÉ style and the characters that made it famous .
Bubble Letters, Broad Bodé and Cheech Wizard, strongly inspired the emerging scene of New York Hip Hop and the precursors of graffiti. Dondi, Seen and Tracy 168 capture the style and make it one of the fundamental and emblematic elements of Spray Can Art.
When VAUGHN died, MARK faithfully resumed the paternal art and watched over his stylistic heritage.
Two limited and signed editions of MARK BODÉ will be produced for this exhibition.