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The Monsters Are Due on Broad Street: Patrick Dean

Richard Fausset, New York Times correspondent and former editor of Flagpole, will give a gallery talk at the Georgia Museum of Art about the work of comics artist Patrick Dean in the exhibition “The Monsters Are Due on Broad Street.”

The talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Fausset hired Dean to draw a weekly comic for Flagpole in the mid-1990s and refers to him as a “unique and visionary artist” and “a master of observation.”

Patrick Dean, Star Wars, Flagpole cover, May 19, 1999. Pen, ink and markers on paper. Collection of the artist.

Influenced by Jack Davis, George Grosz, Tomi Ungerer and early Mad Magazine, Dean populates his scenes with a wide variety of characters interacting with one another, capturing a broad range of Athens’ population. Jokes abound, and monsters are humanized as much as people are monsterfied.

Patrick Dean, Untitled back-to-school Flagpole cover design, August 15, 2001. Pen, ink and markers on paper. Collection of the artist.

In 2018, Dean was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He continues to draw, despite his increasing difficulties doing so. This small retrospective begins with his student work at UGA, from which he graduated in 1998, and ends with his recent comics about illness and mortality.

Come hear Fausset talk about work in the exhibition and Athens in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Patrick Dean, “Welcome to Athens, Y’all,” Flagpole cover, August 25, 1999. Pen and ink on paper. Collection of the artist.

Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation.

The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street.

For more information, including hours, see or call (706) 542-4662.

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