BWW Reviews: Cartoons as Art: It's No Joke
Cartoons as Art: It's No Joke
By Barry Kostrinsky
Cartooning has been around since a cavewoman first scrawled her works in the South of France.
Lascaux, Dordogne, France - ~17000 years ago
It is over 20 years since the important exhibit at MOMA "High and Low: Modern art and Popular Culture" and over 40 years since Warhol borrowed from soda pop, ketchup, soup- a full lunch plate special of art supplies. Elevated to arts center stage on both canvas and auction podiums, these once thought plebian forms of low art have gone gargantuan. Comic related exhibits have run rampant in the art world for the last 10 years and yet many still hold fast to the aesthetic cast system and its hierarchy forged by iron-age men, that still considers comics just for kids.
Spanish Cave Painting and Cederberg, South Africa Cave, Where's Pablo?
Cartooning highlights the essence of form in the most minimal of ways to reveal the content in a quick, 'I get this easily' kind of moment. Exaggerations highlight the idea. Daumier is an idol of mine and was one of the great painters of his day and any day for that matter. He was pigeonholed a cartoonist and never broke the shackles. Why do we denegrade cartooning? Is it because it looks so easy- so simple. Picasso's famous nude with but a few lines comes to mind. It is loved and quite simple and cartooned-stylized.
Maybe it's because Charlie Brown is well, Charlie Brown and not Sir Charles Brownicasso drawn by Shultzinsky; Cartooning is an art form worth exploring, fun to consume and digest and often in the minds of many. This article will introduce the beginning of a series on cartooning mostly letting the cartoon images talk. Often these modern satirists make fun of the art world (score one for the team) and hit deeper, serious chords we all know ring too true.