Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mort Gerberg in the Gift Shop

After enjoying the retrospective "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" at the New-York Historical Society one naturally wants to see the related merchandise available in the gift shop. First off, the NYHistory Store has signed copies of Mort Gerberg on the Scene (Fantagraphics Underground, 2019) available for sale. This book collects most or all of the works in the show. There is an introduction by Ann Telnaes. Some older Gerberg publications are available as well, but these are unsigned.

Twelve framed prints in signed, limited editions of ten are available from UncommonGoods. The Butterfly Changed print is already sold out.

Perhaps you'd enjoy your morning coffee more in the company of a classic Gerberg deathbed cartoon. Sure, why not.

Notecards are available for those needing to upgrade their stationery.

Magnets are in stock as well. The Hamilton Tickets magnets are, naturally, sold out.

Going beyond Mr. Gerberg's art, zipper pouches in the store bear New Yorker cartoons by Bob Mankoff, Charles Barsotti, and Danny Shanahan. Trinket trays—what else?—from Nelson Line reproduce cartoons by Leo Cullum, Michael Maslin, Michael Crawford, and Shannon Wheeler.

There is a modern reprint edition of Here is New York (1949, 2018) by E. B. White with a new introduction by Roger Angell.

This signed copy of Mort Gerberg on the Scene is now on the scene in my home library.

Note:  "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" is on view at the New-York Historical Society through May 5, 2019. The NYHistory Store is right there on the premises.

The complete 2019 Nelson Line New Yorker collection catalogue may be seen here.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective

Last week I stopped by the New-York Historical Society to see the exhibition "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective." The retrospective fills the second floor hallway gallery. All the drawings are originals. The material is also presented in the brand new book Mort Gerberg on the Scene (Fantagraphics Underground, 2019), but seeing the originals in person is a different experience and provides a more complete understanding of the artist's achievement. A few photographs should give an idea of what lies in store. 

"What, are you crazy? We've got tickets to 'The Producers' for tomorrow night!"
Sketch for Playboy, 2002
Collection Judith Gerberg

The artist's impressive output includes reportage for men's magazines. Here he conducts research in a Greek nightclub:
Seven Nights on the Belly Dance Scene, 1965

He was on the scene at the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago for Cavalier:
Chicago Democratic National Convention, August 1968

Gerberg has fallen under the spell of the great masters:  Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rousseau, Addams.
"Imbecile! I said 'fresh coat'—not 'Frescoes'!"
The Saturday Evening Post,
January 1964

Mona Lisa, 1966
The New Yorker

Sleeping Gypsy
After Henri Rousseau
The New Yorker, February 2004
Collection of Lilia Gerberg

Ski Slope
After Charles Addams
The New Yorker, February 19, 2001
Collection of Lilia Gerberg

One more for the road:
The New Yorker,
October 26, 1998
Collection of Lilia Gerberg

Note:  "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" remains on view at the New-York Historical Society through May 5, 2019. Catch it!

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Last Laughs Signed by Mort Gerberg

We've all got to depart this world sometime but while we're here we might as well try to enjoy our mortal predicament. Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement...and the Great Beyond is an anthology of cartoons that's sure to help. The book was published in 2007—no volume is too timely for this blog—and a copy seen on eBay is signed by the editor, cartoonist Mort Gerberg. The cover cartoon is by Arnie Levin. Surely aging and death are great universal topics for cartoons, but just what is so funny about retirement?

Inscribed "Best Wishes.
Mort Gerberg"
Mort Gerberg
eBay Listing Ended April 17, 2016

Mort Gerberg
eBay Item Description

Mort Gerberg
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One last-minute bid

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #15

Members of the Academy, may I present the award for the Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #15? The laudable drawing is by Drew Dernavich. 

"And the Goliath award goes to..."
"And the award for reckless endangerment goes to..."
"And tonight's surprise award recipient is..."

"First the bad news: we're fresh out of T shirts."

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

George Price: On Your Mark…

Original New Yorker cartoon art from 1942 by George Price (1901-1995) depicts an elderly but determined woman bracing herself for the traffic light to change. The brown paper has some significant condition issues, notably foxing, but the original art found a buyer on its first eBay listing. Let's have a look.

First off, correction fluid has been used heavily, evidently to reduce the proportions of the woman's right leg and to rework her contours.


George Price's signature 
The blue wash used to indicate shading with Ben Day dots has faded markedly over time.

At one point, Price may have intended the man stepping into the street to be speaking. The gag was published with no caption.

The foxing is fairly heavy in places.
Price renders cars in perspective quite well.

The heavy shading on the policeman directing traffic allows him also to direct the viewer's eye back to the squatting woman.
The reader's eye travels naturally to the figure with an unusual stance, with an intensely expressive face, and with heavy shading. Her leg, at a diagonal, provides a very deliberate contrast to all the prominent vertical lines in the drawing and is meant to stand out.

George Price
Framed original art
The New Yorker, October 3, 1942, page 14

George Price
eBay Listing Ended March 6, 2019

George Price
eBay Item Description

George Price
eBay Bid History
One early bid

George Price
The New Yorker, October 3, 1942, page 14
George Price
Framed original art
The New Yorker, October 3, 1942, page 14

Drawings by George Price and Richard Taylor

  There's time enough before the traffic light next changes for readers to send even more original art by George Price to Attempted Bloggery. To have your original art considered for potential inclusion in a future post, I recommend a mad dash to your scanner or camera. Ready…steady…go!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #654

It's time to debate my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #654 for March 18, 2019. The drawing is by Mick Stevens.

"I don't care for my opponent's spin."

These captions lacked gravity:
"Who are you going to believe, me or the wisdom gained over four billion years?"
"See? It's flat, I tell you!"

"Twelve hours from now my opponent will do a complete about-face."

Note:  Last week cartoonist Felipe Galindo gave us a tempest in a soup bowl. Grab a spoon and head to Contest #653.