April 25, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Latest from Sochi

In all the Olympic hubbub, there is nary a mention of the most exciting Sochi events.

As a public service, by way of the Washington Post and Marianne Seregi, AD, here they are.

Honored . . .

. . .  to be once again selected to have work included in the upcoming Communication Arts Annual.

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Here are those Mad Men of Climate Change Denial. For The American Prospect, Mary Parsons AD and Kit Rachlis Ed.

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Twenty of the 100 Illustrators included in the new book of that name featured this week on The Daily Beast. The word fantastic applies to this book and the authors for creating something so beautiful and affirmative of both illustration and the graphic arts.

HILLARY RECEPTION2This Hill and Bill from ’09, for Newsweek’s great Amid Capeci, starts my chapter in the new book, 100 Illustrators by Julius Wiedemann and Steven Heller. It is a great honor to be included as well as to have very nice things written about one by such authors. Many thanks to all involved and congrats to my fellow honorees.

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Included also is this hungry fellow, done for Mother Jones.

BRODNER Frank Ocean siteAs is this portrait of Frank Ocean, a rap music innovator and very brave guy.

My great thanks to all who have made this awards season especially bright.

Hail Caesar

What made Sid Caesar brilliant? I would say, in a word, explosive reaction to a world constantly wreaking frustration upon mankind. His art was that of endured anger, taken to the breaking point and then beyond. His getting to that point is made simultaneously palpable and hilarious by his amazing ability to exaggerate and caricature.

For all my friends who remember him and those for whom Sid will be new, I offer my picks.  In Sid lies the essence what it is like to cope in the age of anxiety, which, alas, proceeds apace.

Enjoy.

Sid and Nanette Fabray pantomime Beethoven’s 5th, finding a narrative and even a punchline. One take, live on network TV.

The immortal This is Your Life parody. This has outlived the memory of the actual (awful) show. I’m sure clips of this are on all the news broadcasts tonight. Here the whole thing is in all its glory.

Then there is the business meeting sketch. It’s all about the food.

The German General (sorry for the quality. Still great.)

The Recital. My life.

There’s more on Youtube and on Netflix. Thank goodness for them. And the work of Sid and the idea of humor this personal, real and deeply funny.

Here’s to Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not only a great actor but also citizen concerned about social justice and human rights. A great loss. Here’s my painting of him in The Master for the Village Voice. RIP PSH.

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Kerry Unbound

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The Middle East has to take creative moves for peace . . . and survival. The National Journal this week explores the new Kerry. Thomas Friedman today lays out the case for Kerry bringing Bibi and Abbas along. Not bloody likely, but, as Chomsky said, never discount “occult forces” in history. There will those, and this might just be one.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/opinion/friedman-why-kerry-is-scary.html