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Stephen Kroninger
October 2007
MORE early Philip Burke
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Alexander Haig, Secretary of State under Reagan (Village Voice)
George Steinbrenner
Bill Cosby (Village Voice)
Frank Sinatra
Prince (Village Voice)
Elvis Costello (Village Voice)
another Elvis Costello (Village Voice)
Joe Jackson. Inspired by the success of Keith Haring, Burke took to carrying a thick black felt tip pen everywhere he went and was drawing caricatures on public places. This was drawn on the wall of a studio where Joe Jackson was recording his NIGHT AND DAY album. It was photographed and used as the image for the sleeve of Jackson's single "Breaking Us in Two." Philip was uncredited. Philip created the cover art for Jackson's NIGHT AND DAY lp which was why he was permitted to troll around that studio in the first place.
unknown tea drinker. Maybe someone out there can identify this person.
Ronald Reagan and Muammer Kaddafi (Village Voice)
Ronald and Nancy Reagan (The Progressive)
Ronald Reagan
Battered layout page of Reagans for unpublished magazine "MEAT." These were drawn from television during one of Reagan's State of the Union addresses. This was going to be for a self-published DYI magazine of Philip's and my work but in the end we were more focused on making the images and laying it out than we were in seeing the publication process through. When I say published I mean xeroxed.
Senator Jeremiah Denton (Mobilization for Survival)
soldier (The Progressive)
Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran (Harper's)
NYC Mayor Ed Koch and New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato (Village Voice)
The above and following are from a series of studies for an illustration of Jerry Lee Lewis. There are more, perhaps for a later post.
James Hamilton photo of Jerry Lee that provided the source for the drawing above. As you can see, one is not the other and they are both fantastic.
Jerry Lee 2 (detail)
Jerry Lee 3
Jerry Lee 4
The next are drawings of me. This is me with Philip heavily under the sway of Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein.
Me and Picasso. Burke was very much into the book "Pablo Picasso LES DEJEUNERS" at this point. If you can find a copy----POUNCE! The book collects 165 drawings by Picasso based on Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe." It was very influential in Burke's own process of doing up to eighty caricatures for a single job and letting the art director select their favorite for publication. Philip was under the spell of Picasso in general as were/are we all.
Again me in an early experiment with color
From the same series as above.
restaurant patrons. I have a pile of these and may do an entire post of them down the road.
self-portrait
One last. This is a sketch that Philip did for an illustration job. In the finish Philip redrew in ink the black and white part and I collaged the color part. The job, sketch and concept were Philip's. I don't have a copy of the published piece.
early Philip Burke
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I think this was published in the prototype for VANITY FAIR.
 I met Philip Burke at the Unsloppy Copy Shop on Eighth Street in the Village back in the early eighties while we were both xeroxing caricatures for mailers. I was l already aware of his work. We were pretty inseparable for the next few few years until Philip left NYC for Buffalo. If memory serves, and it may not, all of the following work was done before 1982. These are from a file I've kept since then.
This is Bob Dylan from 1979. There seems to be a Mort Drucker influence here. This was published in the Village Voice the week I moved to NYC. Philip was basically the Voice house caricaturist at the time. George Delmerico was the art director.
Donald Trump (Village Voice)
Steven King (Village Voice)
largely forgotten NYC Pol. I've always loved the hands on this one. (Village Voice)
three more largely forgotten NYC pols. (Village Voice)
Alexander Haig (Village Voice)
CIA Director William Casey, Treasury Secretary Donald Regan, Secretary of State George Schultz, Attorney General Edwin Meese, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. (Village Voice)
Royal Wedding (for Patrick Flynn at the Progressive)
James G. Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior
Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert in Ernst Lubitsch's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Village Voice)
The Clash (The New York Illustrated News, edited and published by Steve Brodner)
The Clash at Bonds (The New York Illustrated News)
Untitled Collage (The New York Illustrated News)
One of Philip's first published color pieces
Ted Kennedy. Philip gave me this copy when we first met at the Unsloppy Copy Shop. Don't bother to call or write there anymore, He moved a long time ago.
General Haig and Cardinal (The Progressive)
Caspar Weinberger (Vanity Fair)
We used to go to restaurants and draw the patrons a lot. This is one those. I have a pile of these in storage. Apart from this being very expressive drawing, I always liked the two lines that cross on the woman's face forming her mouth.
John Lennon (Village Voice)
Ed Koch (Village Voice)
The Rolling Stones (The Daily News) This was from a series published in the centerfold of the comics section. Each week a different rock star and a different illustrator.
This is my favorite Burke painting of all time. (Vanity Fair)
Ralph Steadman
Me in the early eighties. I have a pile of drawings Philip did of me from back then.
a couple of self-portraits
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
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I did this cut-out collage of  ukulele sensation TINY TIM for WFMU’s program guide some time ago. It’s recently been republished in an anthology. Everyone who contributed to the guide did it for free in appreciation of a great radio station. It’s kept me company through many a deadline over the years. Actually it wasn’t completely on the house, they did send me some magnets (the Gary Leib one still hangs in my studio) and I think I got a lifetime subscription to the program guide which ended its run about a decade ago. “THE BEST OF LCD, The Art and Writing of WFMU 91.1” edited by Dave the Spazz, foreward by Jim Jarmusch.

Artists include Gary Panter, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Drew Friedman, Gary Lieb, J. D. King, Peter Bagge, Kaz, David Sandlin, Doug Allen, Mary Fleener, Mark Beyer, Ivan Brunetti, Jim Woodring, Jonathan Rosen, Bruno Richard, Richard Sala, Mark Newgarden, Chip Wass, Peter Kuper, Tony Millionaire, Joe Coleman, Spain, Carol Lay, Gary Taxali, Charles Burns, Justin Green, Bill Griffith and many others.

(reposted after being lost in the great server crash of 2007)
official hype: Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered THE alternative radio station. LCD (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guide—begun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU’s oddball programming—was a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that has earned its own devoted cult followers. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues have become treasured—and valuable—collector’s items. WMFU THE BEST OF LCD, The Art and Writing of WFMU 91.1, edited by Dave the Spazz, foreward by Jim Jarmusch. And for those who never heard of Tiny Tim, don’t remember Tiny Tim or simply want to relive the magic that was Tiny Tim…
William Auerbach-Levy
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Noel Coward. This piece is hanging in the downstairs men's room of The Players Club at 16 Grammercy Park South. It's worth the trip. They also have a batch of Al Frueh's theatre caricatures in there. Some Men's room!
 Here's another favorite caricaturist of mine. These are from a William Auerbach-Levy collection entitled THE ART OF CARICATURE. It can also be found under the title IS THAT ME?
George Gershwin, This is probably Auerbach-Levy's most popular image but fans of Alexander Woolcott may disagree.
Alexander Woolcott
Charlie Chaplin. I've alway admired this caricature because Auerbach-Levy didn't simply rely on Chaplin's famous derby, moustache and tramp clothes to put across "Chaplin" as many caricaturists often did and do. The face is unmistakably Chaplin.
Ed Wynn in "Laugh, Town, Laugh."
Bert Lahr in "Burlesque."
Donald Ogden Stewart
Dorothy Parker
Edward G. Robinson
Frank Sinatra
John L. Lewis addresses a meeting of the United Mine Workers.
John Barrymore
Jimmy Durante
Bob Hope
Ingrid Bergman
Groucho and Harpo Marx in "Animal Crackers."
The Marx Brother. Harpo, Groucho and Chico.
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