Drawing Blood: Forty Five Years of Scarfe Uncensored

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Artist, stage designer, political cartoonist, and satirist, Gerald Scarfe has given us some of the most famous and controversial images of the 20th century. During a prolific career that spans more than four decades, he has worked with an eclectic mix of English and American icons: from Pink Floyd to Disney, Private Eye to Time, The Sunday Times to The New Yorker. This, the first collected volume of his work in more than 20 years, showcases the works that have established him as one of our foremost cultural ...

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Overview

Artist, stage designer, political cartoonist, and satirist, Gerald Scarfe has given us some of the most famous and controversial images of the 20th century. During a prolific career that spans more than four decades, he has worked with an eclectic mix of English and American icons: from Pink Floyd to Disney, Private Eye to Time, The Sunday Times to The New Yorker. This, the first collected volume of his work in more than 20 years, showcases the works that have established him as one of our foremost cultural commentators. From the whiplash satire of his political cartoons to his harrowing portraits of the Vietnam War, and from his spectacular set designs to his many contributions to films, this spectacular visual memoir offers an astute and irreverent view of the personalities and events that have shaped modern times.

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Gerald Scarfe—political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for more than 35 years and contributor to The New Yorker for the past decade—is one of the most revered illustrators and cultural commentators of our time. This volume collects the highlights of his work over the last 45 years.
Publishers Weekly
British satirist Scarfe is a master of the caricaturist's art of breaking down a subject's physical elements and rebuilding them in a stylized manner to portray the subject with a slant. Chronicling his long and storied career, this volume confirms that no person or subject, from 1960s icons like the Beatles right up through Eminem and George W. Bush, is off limits to Scarfe's shockingly revealing distortions. Grotesquely exaggerated (especially when depicting the sex organs), Scarfe's drawing style at first brings to mind the tripped-out work of Ralph Steadman, but Scarfe's keen eye for detail, his fidelity to each subject and his unique sense of overcrowded space set him distinctly apart. Scarfe follows a chronological path through his varied involvement in the political realm, stage production, film and rock and roll (most notably in collaboration with Pink Floyd on The Wall), working both on paper and in papier-m ch . Short critical texts, newspaper clippings and contemporary ephemera round out Scarfe's personae, and his running commentary provides insight into specific drawings and events. This much-deserved retrospective presents a panoramic view of the career of a popular artist who has helped shape how we see an overwhelming and often unkind age. (May 15) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Political satirist Scarfe's cartoons are probably not well known to most Americans, with the possible exception of the work he did animating the Pink Floyd film The Wall. This retrospective will help remedy that. Overflowing with black-and-white and color drawings, watercolors, and photographs, it documents his lengthy and controversial career, which includes work for Punch, Private Eye, Esquire, the Daily Mail, and the London Sunday Times. These fiercely angry and sometimes pornographic drawings express his outrage at political corruption, abuse of power, and the destruction of war. They depict British, American, and international figures and events from the 1960s to the present (the volume is arranged by decade). Scarfe often traveled to view and draw his subjects, just as a reporter would. He covered the Johnson presidential campaign and the Vietnam War, for example, sketching and then working from those sketches to create his editorial cartoons. His book is enriched by his own autobiographical introduction and, throughout, his commentaries on the political actors, events, and controversies through which he lived will inform and amuse the reader. For libraries collecting titles on graphic design, political science, and history.-Michael Dashkin, Qualcomm, San Diego Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316729529
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 1.42 (d)

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