11/07/2013 01:49 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

The Iconic Artist Behind A 300-Page Graphic Novel On The Holocaust


It is a lot of work looking back, the artist Art Spiegelman recently said, over a breakfast of fruit and meringues at the Jewish Museum.

"It's not being coy to say I really tried to get out of this," he said of the exhibition, "Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective," which opens Friday. "It's very hard for me to look at the work in a way that makes it meaningful to me, because I've already had to process it so much."

Mr. Spiegelman, 65 years old and a native New Yorker, is best known for "Maus," a 300-page graphic novel about his father surviving the Holocaust. Published in two volumes in 1986 and 1991, it recounts in comic-book form the experience of his parents living in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz, as well as the younger Mr. Spiegelman's complicated relationship with his father, Vladek. It received a special Pulitzer Prize in 1992.