It's Illustration Week and the School of Visual Arts will be presenting our talk: POW! Mighty Art That Takes No Prisoners, 209 E. 23 St., 3rd floor amphitheater, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30. Free to all.
This began with a call from Tom Woodruff about putting together a talk in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre: a very important idea. This, over time, blended in my mind with the task of keeping graphic commentary on the minds of students. As current issues move from important to dire, especially in this political season, this talk couldn't be more important. Artists not only have a tradition of being essential participants in the political conversation, socially conscious art was central to illustration from the dawn of journalism.
So here's POW: Mighty Art That Takes Now Prisoners. Frances Jetter, Peter Kuper, Thomas Woodruff and meself all showing our work, our influences and the angels of graphic witness who have touched our pencils. Because I am an illustrator and I can, I have rendered our panel as some geniuses of the past. They may quibble but, hell, I can draw what I want . . which is the point of the whole thing! All students, especially mine: be there! To all our visiting artists this week, a special welcome.