Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature

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96 pages
Soft Cover
60 images total (43 color images-17 black&white images)

This illustrated color catalogue explores the development of journalistic caricature as a medium of political commentary and critique by juxtaposing two moments in its development: the campaign against French monarch Louis-Philippe by Daumier and his contemporaries in the 1830s, and American and British cartoonists' treatment of the presidency of George W. Bush. At a moment when traditional press caricature is experiencing unprecedented economic challenges and technological change, the catalog takes stock of the art form's visual languages, its strengths, limitations, evolution and possible future. Scholarly essays by McWilliam and a team of graduate students from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill cover themes such as the role of parody and the grotesque in graphic satire, monkey imagery, and the effects of legal censorship and institutional self-censorship.

Neil McWilliam is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, whose previous publications include 'Dreams of Happiness. Social Art and the French Left 1830-1850' (Princeton, 1993) and 'Monumental Intolerance: Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in Fin-de-si├Ęcle France' (Penn State, 2000). With contributions by Alexis Clark and Katherine de Vos Devine (Duke University), and Kate Arpen and Alison Hafera Cox (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).


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