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Navasky, Victor S. The Art of Controversy: Political cartoons and their enduring power. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-307-95720-7
BibTeX citation key: Navasky2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Caricature, Historical account, Kulturpolitik, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Navasky
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (New York)
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction (xi)

The Cartoon as Content (3)
The Cartoon as Image (15)
The Cartoon as Stimulus (23)
Caricature (28)


William Hogarth (55)
James Gillray (61)
Francisco Goya (65)
Charles Philipon (69)
Honoré Daumier (73)
Thomas Nast (77)
Pablo Picasso (83)
The Masses: Art Young and Robert Minor (87)
Käthe Kollwitz (93)
George Grosz (97)
John Heartfield (103)
Der Stürmer (107)
David Low (113)
Philip Zec (117)
Victor Weisz (Vicky) (121)
Bill Maudlin (123)
Herbert Block (Herblock) (129)
Al Hirschfeld (133)
Raymond Jackson (Jak) (137)
Ralph Steadman (141)
Robert Edwards (145)
Naji al-Ali (151)
Edward Sorel (155)
Robert Grossman (161)
Steve Platt and the New Statesman (167)
The New Yorker Images (171)
Doug Marlette (175)
Plantu and the Danish Muhammads (181)
Qaddafi and the Bulgarians (187)
Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) (191)
David Levine (197)

Timeline (201)
Acknowledgments (211)
Selected Bibliography (213)
Index (221)

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