The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power

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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2013, ISBN13 9780307957207, ISBN10 0307957209

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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 transformativeand incendiarycartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created, including those by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honor 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 (Herblocks defining portraits of McCarthyism, the Nazi periodical Der Strmer 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 welland 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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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publish Date: Apr 09, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780307957207
ISBN-10: 0307957209
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.5 x 7.1 x 1.1
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