The Art of Politics: Political Cartoons of Joe Stern
Political cartooning is based on caricature, a technique dating back to the Renaissance, when Leonardo da Vinci and other artists drew grotesques as a way of exploring the human form. Da Vinci’s diaries suggest that some of his grotesques exemplified his distaste for the “craven guzzlers, gross pretenders and fawning dignitaries” who surrounded the Pope in the Vatican. Since its inception, political cartooning has been an art form that provides an effective means of communicating strong political views; sometimes with humor, sometimes with biting satire, but always precisely to the point.
Robert Allison, Ph.D. explores this exhibition of 40 cartoons by Joe Stern, one of the world’s most accomplished political cartoonists. Born in 1907 in Lynn, Massachusetts, Stern had a natural talent for cartooning. He quickly became a household name by depicting politicians, sports heroes and business leaders in his illustrations, making sure to never disparage their reputations. During his 45-year career, he rubbed shoulders and received accolades from the likes of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Editorial Cartooning. His drawings remain as relevant as they were more than 50 years ago.
Allison is a professor of history at Suffolk University and the author of several books. He is involved with museums and historical societies in Boston and has delivered lectures at the Bostonian Society and the Adams National Historic Park. He also has presented papers at conferences in the U.S., Wales and Turkey.
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