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The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power

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A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse.

As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative — and incendiary — cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created, including those by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, and Ralph Steadman. He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art, and asks what makes this art form, too often dismissed as trivial, so uniquely poised to affect our minds and our hearts.

Drawing on his own encounters with would-be censors, interviews with cartoonists, and historical archives from cartoon museums across the globe, Navasky examines the political cartoon as both art and polemic over the centuries. We see afresh images most celebrated for their artistic merit (Picasso's Guernica, Goya's "Duendecitos"), images that provoked outrage (the 2008 Barry Blitt New Yorker cover, which depicted the Obamas as a Muslim and a Black Power militant fist-bumping in the Oval Office), and those that have dictated public discourse (Herblock’s defining portraits of McCarthyism, the Nazi periodical Der Stürmer’s anti-Semitic caricatures). Navasky ties together these and other superlative genre examples to reveal how political cartoons have been not only capturing the zeitgeist throughout history but shaping it as well — and how the most powerful cartoons retain the ability to shock, gall, and inspire long after their creation.

Here Victor S. Navasky brilliantly illuminates the true power of one of our most enduringly vital forms of artistic expression.

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“This heavily illustrated, entertainingly written look at political cartoons is both personal — Navasky’s experience with controversial drawing as well as writing is considerable — and thoroughly researched. It is also deeply insightful.” Booklist

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“A lavishly illustrated, witty, and learned look at the power of the political cartoon throughout history.” Publishers Weekly

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“Engaging and often illuminating.” Kirkus Reviews

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"A novel approach to the history of political cartoons. From Picasso, Grosz, and Daumier through Herblock and Ralph Steadman, Navasky illuminates an underappreciated art form." Oliver Stone

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"As Victor Navasky, a word man, investigates the wordless art of the political cartoon — what, he asks, accounts for its implosive power? — we find ourselves in the hands of a writer of indefatigable curiosity and are caught up in the tempestuous history of newsprint art. An expansive, illuminating work. I know of nothing comparable." E.L. Doctorow

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"Victor Navasky's The Art of Controversy is an entertaining and instructive reminder of the important place of political cartoons in exposing lies, hypocrisies, stupidity, and corruption in the public arena. Be prepared to laugh and get angry all at once." Tom Brokaw

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"Victor Navasky pulls it off — he showcases the significance and power of political cartoons without taking the 'funny' out of them or cloistering the amazing rage they evoke that is far beyond the power of mere words to explain." Ralph Nader

Synopsis:

A lavishly illustrated, witty, and learned look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse.

As a former editor of the New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor Navasky knows just how incendiary — and transformative — cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever sketched — by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, Thomas Nast, Ralph Steadman, et al. — as he asks what makes cartoons so uniquely positioned to affect our minds and our hearts. Incorporating neuroscience, psychology, and a sweeping historical view of the cartoon's evolution, The Art of Controversy is a book for all lovers of satire, politics, and the vastly underappreciated and endlessly surprising art form of the political cartoon.

About the Author

Victor S. Navasky is the former editor and publisher of The Nation, and a former editor at The New York Times Magazine, who once founded his own quarterly of political satire, Monocle, “a radical sporadical.”  He is the author of, among other books, Naming Names, which won a 1982 National Book Award, and A Matter of Opinion, which won the George Polk Book Award. He teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he is the director of the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism and chair of the Columbia Journalism Review. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Cartoon as Content

The Cartoon as Image

The Cartoon as Stimulus

Caricature

THE GALLERY

William Hogarth

James Gillray

Francisco Goya

Charles Philipon

Honoré Daumier

Thomas Nast

Pablo Picasso

The Masses: Art Young and Robert Minor

Käthe Kollwitz

George Grosz

John Heartfield

Der Stürmer

David Low

Philip Zec

Victor Weisz (Vicky)

Bill Maudlin

Herbert Block (Herblock)

Al Hirschfeld

Raymond Jackson (Jak)

Ralph Steadman

Robert Edwards

Naji al-Ali

Edward Sorel

Robert Grossman

Steve Platt and the New Statesman

The New Yorker Images

Doug Marlette

Plantu and the Danish Muhammads

Qaddafi and the Bulgarians

Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro)

David Levine

Timeline

Acknowledgments

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307957207
Subtitle:
Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power
Author:
Navasky, Victor S.
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Subject:
History & Theory
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.61 x 7.03 x 1.03 in 1.34 lb

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Product details 256 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307957207 Reviews:
"Review" by , “This heavily illustrated, entertainingly written look at political cartoons is both personal — Navasky’s experience with controversial drawing as well as writing is considerable — and thoroughly researched. It is also deeply insightful.”
"Review" by , “A lavishly illustrated, witty, and learned look at the power of the political cartoon throughout history.”
"Review" by , “Engaging and often illuminating.”
"Review" by , "A novel approach to the history of political cartoons. From Picasso, Grosz, and Daumier through Herblock and Ralph Steadman, Navasky illuminates an underappreciated art form."
"Review" by , "As Victor Navasky, a word man, investigates the wordless art of the political cartoon — what, he asks, accounts for its implosive power? — we find ourselves in the hands of a writer of indefatigable curiosity and are caught up in the tempestuous history of newsprint art. An expansive, illuminating work. I know of nothing comparable."
"Review" by , "Victor Navasky's The Art of Controversy is an entertaining and instructive reminder of the important place of political cartoons in exposing lies, hypocrisies, stupidity, and corruption in the public arena. Be prepared to laugh and get angry all at once."
"Review" by , "Victor Navasky pulls it off — he showcases the significance and power of political cartoons without taking the 'funny' out of them or cloistering the amazing rage they evoke that is far beyond the power of mere words to explain."
"Synopsis" by , A lavishly illustrated, witty, and learned look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse.

As a former editor of the New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor Navasky knows just how incendiary — and transformative — cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever sketched — by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, Thomas Nast, Ralph Steadman, et al. — as he asks what makes cartoons so uniquely positioned to affect our minds and our hearts. Incorporating neuroscience, psychology, and a sweeping historical view of the cartoon's evolution, The Art of Controversy is a book for all lovers of satire, politics, and the vastly underappreciated and endlessly surprising art form of the political cartoon.

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