From last night’s wonderfully entertaining “Funny Ladies” event at he Museum of The City of New York, this photo taken in the green room. From left to right: Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Barbara Smaller, Liana Finck, and Liza Donnelly. Spotted in the audience were New Yorker cartoonists George Booth, Bob Eckstein, Felipe Galindo, and Roz Chast.
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.
Courtesy of Bob Eckstein, a quartet of photographs from last night’s event celebrating Sam Gross‘s work. [From the top: Sam Gross; a projected Gross drawing; David Borchart, Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo), and Amy Kurzweil, a brand new New Yorker cartoonist (her first cartoon appeared in the April 4th issue); Mr. Gross and long -time contributor, Mort Gerberg]
Attempted Bloggery has had plenty of interesting Peter Arno posts this week. Check ’em out!
…and from the Department of Self-promotion:
just six days til Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist is released. Pre-order here.
Link to Ms. Chast’s website here.
Link here to Mr. Galindo’s website.
Link here to Mr. Steiner’s website.
It happened last night: The New Yorker’s first Holiday Party way downtown near its new offices in The World Trade Center. The venue was dark (see photos), small, and filled with throbbing music. The joint was packed (yes, like sardines) with happy folk. Saw Calvin Trillin anchored near the entrance, while the magazine’s editor, David Remnick shouldered through the crowd, stopping to chat here and there. I believe that Mark Singer (or someone who looked like him) and I passed like ships in the night. Also spotted: 2014’s winner of The Thurber Prize, John Kenney, and the magazine’s art editor, Francoise Mouly.
A number of cartoonists were present. Top photo: a blurry Felipe Galindo (whose exhibit “New York Stories” just opened at The Mark Miller Gallery), and David Borchart. 2nd photo: Ben Schwartz and Joe Dator. 3rd: Andy Friedman (sometimes aka Larry Hat) and Liana Finck. 4th: Amy Hwang, Liza Donnelly, P.C. Vey and Charlie Hankin. 5th: Drew Dernavich in the middle of the crowd. 6th: Danny Shanahan and Robert Leighton. [all photos courtesy of Liza Donnelly]
Other cartoonists present who escaped the camera: Barbara Smaller, Jason Adam Katzenstein, Bob Mankoff(The New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, and New York Times bestselling author for his memoir, How About Never — Is Never Good For You?), the one and only Sam Gross, David Sipress, Mort Gerberg, Corey Pandolph, and Marisa Acocella Marchetto (whose graphic novel, Ann Tenna hit The New York Times Bestseller list this year).
Felipe Galindo’s “Frida Kahlo’s New York” will be exhibited at the Mark Miller Gallery beginning May 7. Details here on Mr. Galindo’s website.