My thanks to Karen Green of Columbia University for last night’s wonderful send-off for Arno at Butler Library. And thanks too to Edward Sorel for co-piloting the program with me.
A big thank you to all who attended, including those from my New Yorker family: Roxie Munro, George Booth, Tom Bloom, Sam Gross, Robert Leighton, Felipe Galindo, David Borchart, Liza Donnelly, Peter Kuper and Bob Eckstein.
From the book’s afterword, where 60 New Yorker cartoonists talk about Arno, here’s what George Booth had to say:
Peter Arno’s work stands out and holds up in the test of time. His drawings and words were never timid, or just clever. They stated high quality, joy, confidence, strength, style, humor, idea, life, simplicity. His color was right; black and white became color. His cartoons were researched, with words well applied. The communication was clear and timely. He knew what he was doing. Peter Arno was an artist who gave something of value to the world. A hero.
A couple of months ago while at The New Yorker’s offices at One World Trade Center, cartoonist Liza Donnelly took this photo of a Peter Arno New Yorker cover hanging in a hallway. There are more Arnos hanging around the magazine’s new digs, but this particular spot is my favorite as there’s also a cover by James Thurber (at the far left) and one by Mary Petty. Not shown: a Charles Addams cover just to Arno’s right. These covers from another era at the magazine hanging in the brand new offices of The New Yorker reinforce my belief that there is and has always been an electric current at the magazine, racing from this very second back to 1925 and then sizzling right back to this very second again.
If you can, please join me tomorrow evening at Columbia University where Peter Arno’s work will be the topic of discussion with my very special guest, Edward Sorel. Details here.
Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist will be in bookstores on Tuesday, April 19th. By special arrangement with the publisher, copies will also be available at tomorrow night’s event.
Coming in early October, Edward Sorel‘s latest: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 (Liveright).
From the publisher:
In a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era.
Link here to Mr. Sorel’s New Yorker work.
Link here to Mr. Sorel’s website.
Note: Mr. Sorel will be joining me in discussion at Columbia’s Butler Library on Monday, April 18th @ 6 pm. Our topic: Peter Arno
There’s a Kickstarter campaign afoot for The American Bystander, a publication featuring a lot of familiar names: Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, Farley Katz, Edward Sorel, R.O. Blechman, Liana Finck, and more! Go here for all the details as well as the video promo
Here’s an interview from Fast Company with The New Yorker‘s David Remnick on the occasion of the premiere of “The New Yorker Radio Hour”…and another good interview piece, from Nieman Lab, with an audio promo.
…from The New York Times, October 23, 2015, “The Cartoonist in Her Blue Grotto” — this piece (with a slide show) on Marisa Acocella Marchetto…
…In a first, newyorker.com has published a “Bonus Daily Cartoon” (Bob Eckstein‘s wonderful Mets Employee of the Month)…
…Here are short bios of the three New Yorker cartoonists who recently exhibited work at Cooper Union: Edward Sorel, Jon Agee, and Liana Finck.
Cooper Union is celebrating The New Yorker‘s 90th birthday with an online gallery of work by three of its alums: Edward Sorel, Jon Agee, and Liana Finck. (shown: a proposed Sorel cover sketch from 2008)
Edward Sorel’s website
Jon Agee’s website
Liana Finck’s website