From October 12, 2010 through March 13, 2011 the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents MOEBIUS-TRANSE-FORME, the first major exhibition in Paris devoted to the work of Jean Giraud, known by his pseudonyms Gir and Mœbius. An icon of incomparable stature in the world of comics, an inventor of extraordinary forms and a brilliant cartoonist, Mœbius is an artist who goes beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline. Following the artist’s wishes, this exhibition explores the theme of metamorphosis, a leitmotif that runs throughout his comics, drawings, and film projects. In relation to this theme, the exhibition also presents the first 3-D animated film directed by the artist, La Planète encore, along with the stories from the original comic boards. With landscapes and characters in perpetual transformation, his drawings explore the boundaries of the unconscious and reveal an imaginary and fantastic world. Th rough often sudden and disturbing metamorphoses of a character or a setting, Mœbius reveals a world where appearances are not as stable as they may seem.The gallery's site is a little frustrating, but with patience you can see lots of pages from the beautiful catalog:
And the landing page features an interactive squid monster that I turned into a desktop wallpaper:
Which all reminded me of this - - Mos Eisley by Moebius:
It's part of the Star Wars: Art Visions book that's on sale for 34% off at Amazon.
And proving that Rene and I are still shockingly well-synced, no sooner did I finish drafting this post that I noticed that he linked to a long Wired article on the very same Star Wars book. Wired has several more beautiful images, but here are a few:
Rancor by Arantzazu Martinez.
Young Lando by Alex Bostic.
Exorcism of Darth Vader by Rudy Gutierrez.
Again, here's the Amazon link.