For the first time ever Molly will be visiting Australia from August 30th – September 4th! Please come by an event and say hi!
Melbourne Writer’s Festival:
September 2nd at 1pm : PROTEST AND REBELLION
Artist Molly Crabapple came to prominence when she was arrested during the Occupy movement. Eliza Vitri Handayani’s From Now On Everything Will Be Different caused controversy in Indonesia for its critical stance on the government. They discuss the power of art as a protest tool. More info on Protest and Rebellion here.
September 2nd at 8:30pm: DRAWING BLOOD
Molly Crabapple has been called ‘equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil’. For over a decade, she’s chronicled our changing world through her art, from Occupy Wall Street to ISIS to Guantanamo Bay – and now, in her memoir-manifesto Drawing Blood. More info and tickets for Molly Crabapple’s Drawing Blood here.
September 3rd at 10am: THE ARTISTS’ SKETCHBOOKS
How is visual art used to make political statements? In this presentation, Occupy artist Molly Crabapple and Guardian cartoonist First Dog on the Moon will give you a glimpse into their sketchbooks, explaining how they take their artworks from concept to publication. More info and tickets for The Artists’ Sketchbooks here.
Festival of Dangerous Ideas:
September 4th at 2pm: FROM THE FRONTLINE
In a time of turmoil, what happens when art and politics collide? Molly Crabapple is an artist and journalist who has covered Occupy Wall Street, Guantanamo Bay, migrant workers in Abu Dhabi, the US prison system, and the Syrian civil war. Is it time for art to get out of the galleries and back on to the street? More info and tickets for From The Frontline here.
I had never been to a political convention. I don’t cover electoral politics, but when The Daily Beast offered me the chance to cover the most hyped presidential nomination since Hubert Humphrey’s kicked off the Siege of Chicago, I grabbed my sketchbook and went. This was history, I thought. A neon-skinned huckster was going to crown himself as king.
Due to many requests we’ve made two paintings from the convention available as prints in the shop. The above ‘Trump Coronation‘ and the following, ‘Trump Pageantry‘. are available as giclee 17″x22″ archival prints in limited edition runs of 25 each.
In case you missed it, before the RNC Molly wrote a prescient piece for The Village Voice detailing the events that would unfold.
Donald J. Trump ascends to the stage wearing a codpiece fashioned from the severed head of Ronald Reagan, the eyes replaced by diamonds and the skin spray-tanned to match Trump’s own. His robe is gilt, lined with more gilt. Marco Rubio holds the train in his teeth.
“Isn’t he fabulous?” Trump laughs, patting the codpiece with one petite hand. At his touch, the diamonds turn into snakes. “You’ll all have one of these, once I make America great again.”
We’ve just released photos of the final versions of some of the Annotated Muses paintings. If you’ve been following Molly on twitter and instagram you’ve no doubt seen some of these as works in progress.
The paintings will be unveiled to public viewing Saturday September 10th 2016 at the Postmasters Gallery in New York. For inquiries please contact Postmasters at ‘postmasters @ thing.net’
Exclusionary tribalism is making a comeback. In America, the Cheetos Fascist rallies the crowds with promises to Make America Great Again, a feat he intends to accomplish by kicking out Mexicans and Muslims, and kicking black people down. Never mind that his Great America never actually existed. And though the Brexit was a 17.4-million-vote fuck you to David Cameron and the austerity-loving EU, it was also a self-destructive convulsion of xenophobia. Within days, eastern Europeans and people of color reported over a hundred instances of racist abuse. A letter reading “Leave the EU. No more Polish vermin” appeared in the mailboxes of Polish families in Huntingdon. To many Leave voters, taking Britain back meant more than booting out the EU’s technocrats – they wanted to purge their island of foreigners and brown people too.
Molly and frequent collaborator Marwan Hisham are writing and illustrating a book detailing Marwan’s experiences in the Syrian war – from his youth to the Arab Spring to the current ISIS occupation. It will be published by Random House/Penguin’s newly revitalized One World imprint and spearheaded by the brilliant editor Chris Jackson.
For a look at their past collaborations in Vanity Fair please check out the following links to the Vanity Fair Website:
When Love was a sex worker in Hunts Point, she said, police knew where women like her lived, and snatched them whenever they ventured outside—whether they were doing sex work or not. Because many of these women were poor, and some had problems with pimps or addiction, they made deals with prosecutors rather than try to fight. One lawyer familiar with the courts told me that, even in the rare occasions when an undercover officer was caught making a false arrest, he suffered no professional consequences beyond embarrassment.
Molly Crabapple will speak Wednesday at the Frotnline Club to reflect on recent projects and to share her personal insight into the use of art as a tool for better understanding and documenting current events. With US presidential primaries now firmly underway, she will discuss her ongoing work on topical home turf issues including policing and the justice system, as well as her experiences covering the effects of conflict across the Middle East.
This event will be chaired by Natasha Lennard, a British-born, New York-based writer of news and political analysis, focusing on justice, power, biopolitics and dissent. She writes regularly for the Intercept, Fusion and Al Jazeera America, and has written for VICE News, The New York Times, Salon, The Nation and Politico, among others. She is editor-at-large at The New Inquiry journal.
Good friend Rich Clark (@zipyrich) is running a Kickstarter to launch his new comic book, STAR. We’re contributing an ORIGINAL PAINTING of his heroine Star. If you’ve ever wanted to own a Molly Crabapple original and support another amazing artist at the same time – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!
Every day more bombs fall on the eastern part of Aleppo, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, gradually turning neighborhoods into graveyards of rubble and dust. Recently, a member of the Aleppo’s civil defense (also known as the “White Helmets”) told me that airstrikes have targeted the city at least six times a day, concentrating on civil and residential neighborhoods. After bombing runs, he said, planes wait for first responders to gather, then bomb again. This is the notorious “double-tap” strategy that allegedly killed Canadian photojournalist Ali Moustafa and that was used in December against an MSF hospital in Homs.
Read the full article at Vice.com : https://www.vice.com/read/what-life-is-like-inside-the-besieged-war-torn-syrian-city-of-aleppo
CONFRONTING THE POLITICAL
Moderated by Brian Boucher, senior writer, artnet News
Molly will be joined by Kameelah Janan Rasheed(artist, writer, arts editor of SPOOK, and contributing editor of The New Inquiry), Dread Scott(artist), and Hank Willis Thomas(artist).
How do artists engage with today’s most pressing social and political issues? Four hard-hitting artists will touch on issues like the upcoming presidential election, Islamophobia, and Black Lives Matter.
The past is a foreign country, so bring your passports when our Seriously Entertaining literary cabaret embarks from its new berth at Joe’s Pub at the Public. Join the House of SpeakEasy on a journey through memory and experience – what will we find?
Molly will be joined by novelist David Ebershoff, Memoirist George Hodgman, amd Critic & Memoirist Margo Jefferson.
If you are able to attend the exquisite Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai next week, Molly will be speaking both on February 7th for Blueprints for a 21st Century Artist and February 9th on the Art and #WW3 panel discussing how art and writing impact politics and current realities.
Blueprints for a 21st century Artist Date: Sunday 7th February Timing: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), Seminar Room, 1st Floor, East Wing Extension Building, 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Next to Jehangir Art Gallery
Art and #WW3 — How art and writing impact activism, politics and current realities Date:Tuesday, 9th February 2016 Timing:7:30 to 8:30 pm Venue: David Sassoon Library Garden, 152 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Opposite Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001 Panelists: Molly Crabapple and Raghu Karnad
We’re honored this year to be a part of the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India. Molly will be speaking on multiple occasions during this week-long celebration and if you’re around, here is her schedule:
Thursday, 21st of January from 12:25pm-1.25pm
Drawing Blood- The Narrative Art of Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple moderated by William Dalrymple
Located at Mahindra Humanities Durbar Hall In conversation with William Dalrymple, Crabapple offers her own story: an unforgettable memoir of artistic exploration, political awakening, and personal transformation.
Sunday, 24th of January from 12:25pm-1:25pm
Eyeless in Gaza
Laleh Khalili, Omar Barghouti, and Molly Crabapple moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Located at Charbagh Gaza has become synonymous with conflict and pain. Though only 140 square miles, the small territory of Gaza has been a hot spot for bitter disputes between sparring powers over millennia. Wedged between the Negev and Sinai deserts on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, a marginal area neither Israel nor Egypt wanted, at the Palestinian Nakba in 1948, and the creation of the state of Israel, it became home to 200,000 people expelled from their homes. It is here that Palestinian nationalism grew and sprouted into a dream of statehood, an unfinished journey still filled with much pain and strife. Palestinian writers Susan Abulhawa and Omar Barghouti, Founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, and artist Molly Crabapple to discuss the territory that symbolises all that is most painful in the tragedy of the Palestinians. Moderated by Jonathan Shainin.
Monday, 25th of January from 2:30pm-3:30pm
From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo
Laleh Khalili in conversation with Molly Crabapple
Located at Baithak
Khalili’s book Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror. She deftly demonstrates that whatever the form of incarceration—visible or invisible, offshore or inland, containing combatants or civilians—liberal states have consistently acted illiberally in their counterinsurgency confinements. As our tactics of war have shifted beyond slaughter to elaborate systems of detention, liberal states have warmed to the pursuit of asymmetric wars. Ultimately, Khalili confirms that as tactics of counterinsurgency have been rendered more ‘humane,’ they have also increasingly encouraged policymakers to willingly choose to wage wars. Laleh Khalili will be in conversation with radical artist Molly Crabapple.
Molly will also be speaking in:
New Delhi on January 28th at 7pm at the Piano Man Jazz Club.
and in Mumbai as a presenter at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. She will be presenting her talk “Blueprints for a 21st Century Artist” a 10am on February 7th. and on February 9th at 7:30pm she will be participating in the talk “Art and #WW3”
We hope you can tune in, either in person or by following Molly’s tweets @mollycrabapple.
We asked you to send us pictures from where you were reading and boy did you ever respond. Drawing Blood has reached so many creases, corners, and crevasses of the world – it’s like feeling like a proud parent watching their offspring become an indomitable adventuress.
You sent us #s from…. jury waiting rooms, coffee shops, burlesque clubs, balconies in San Andres, rock concerts, with cats (so many cats!), with dogs, with whiskey (yay whiskey!), with art, in the bath, on rooftops, in firetrucks and in so many more combinations of people, places, and things. We’re honored to have such a creative and well traveled readership.
It was a really hard call but the winner of the #ReadingDrawingBlood contest was….
A big thanks to everyone who entered. We loved seeing your photos and hearing about how much you were enjoying Drawing Blood. Even if the contest is now over feel free to continue tweeting at us and sharing your reading experiences. We’re all horrendous greedy-grubby book-a-vores here.
I started making resolutions as a sullen 11-year-old, whose life could not have been farther from her desires. In my head, I was an artist and writer, drinking bitter coffee in Europe, filling my sketchbooks with the world. My reality was mostly spent in in-school suspension. To keep sane, I began notebooks, full of lists — of languages I’d learn, places I’d go and ways I’d do my hair, once I was out in the vast world beyond childhood.
–Molly Crabapple, A List Maker Attempts the Impossible. New York Times, Dec 30, 2015
I worked on this damn book for two years. It was the hardest, most miserable, isolating, troll-beast making work of my life, but damn.. I killed that word beast dead and now am standing on its suddenly beautiful corpse and I’ll say it.
I wrote a book. 90,000 words. 100+ new drawings. Its out in the world. Its in Athens, Paris, Tehran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, London, The Mechanics Society Library and Chess Room of San Francisco and the Federal Prison System.
I don’t even care if it’s not cool or humble. The book took everything in me. I’m fucking proud.
Typically, by the end of the year I don’t remember much of what happened. Too much work makes time go fast. These blog posts are a sort of reminder that things happened, art got made, whisky drank, dawns met from both sides. Here’s some stuff I did.
I collaborated with Marwan Hisham, a young Syrian journalist, on pieces from Aleppo and Mosul. The first won a Front Page Award
With my friends at the Karam Foundation, covered a refugee school’s library in Reyhanli with swarms of cats. Karam has been doing brave, vital work with Syrian refugees for years. I’m honored to know them
Just a reminder: we’re kicking off the West Coast tour TOMORROW December 14th at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington. Molly will be speaking starting at 7pm and will stick around to sign books and schmooze.
and immediately after – for all you LA residents – Molly will be at The Last Bookstore on Tuesday December 15th at 7pm. This event will feature her in conversation with author Laila Lalami, writer of “The Moor’s Account“.
Molly Crabapple is an artist, journalist, and author of the memoir, Drawing Blood. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in and reported from Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.