Centre Pompidou Announces Chris Ware Exhibition

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Chris Ware's work will be featured at the Centre Pompidou.

Chris Ware's work will be featured at the Centre Pompidou.

Comics artist Chris Ware (SAIC 1991–93, HON 2019) will be honored with an exhibition at the Bibliothèque publique d'information at the Centre Pompidou from June 8 to October 10, 2022. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Angoulême International Comics Festival, one of the most prestigious comics fests in the world, which awarded Ware the Grand Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. 

Ware has created comics since the 1990s, and has received several Ignatz and Eisner Prizes, an American Book Award, a Guardian First Book Award, and more accolades for titles like Jimmy Corrigan (2000), Building Stories (2012), the ongoing Acme Novelty Library, and his continued work with The New Yorker. 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine also featured Ware as the cover story for the spring 2021 issue. “My time at SAIC taught me, however indirectly, the only thing I could control about my life was my own artwork, and the only person I should answer to about it was me,” said Ware in the feature. “Any ‘success’ that came along was secondary. I really think there's no more important lesson than that.”