Tonight marks the opening of “Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature”, an exciting exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina! The show compares the 19th century origins of journalistic caricature with its transformation in the digital age, juxtaposing political cartoons from as early as 1830 with contemporary works produced during the Clinton and Bush eras. Artists in the show include Garry Trudeau of the syndicated cartoon “Doonesbury,” Steve Bell of the Guardian, Duane Powell of The (Raleigh) News and Observer, Gerald Scarfe of London’s Sunday Times and such seasoned political cartoonists as Steve Brodner, Jeff Danziger and Pat Oliphant. It is an honor to have my work included in this show amongst such great artists!Bailout” sculpted illustration I created last year for The Wall Street Journal hangs in the museum as well as three of the sculpted heads and the original sketch for the piece, art directed by Matthew Weber. Next to it hangs a print of the sculpted illustration I created for the cover of The Weekly Standard during the 2004 election campaign depicting Bush and his crew defending the White House, art directed by Lev Nisnevitch. Unfortunately I have no original sculptures from that scene to display as I had to destroy them all for lack of space!
This unique exhibition has been organized by the Nasher Museum, with guest curator Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art & Art History in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Anne Schroder is the Nasher Museum’s coordinating curator for the exhibition. I wish I could be at the opening tonight but the show runs until May 16th so at least I’ve got time to get down there and check it out!
photos courtesy of Wendy Hower Livingston