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Stephen Kroninger
April 2007
Another Voice: Political Art of the Late Twentieth Century
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My deal with illustrators was that I couldn't pay them much, but I could give them freedom to function.”
 --Patrick JB Flynn. Speaking of great art directors, here's a link to Another Voice a traveling exhibit curated by Patrick Flynn. The show is a collection of work from The Progressive magazine 1981-99. Above is one of my favorite Philip Burke's. I wish some savvy AD would get that man to pick up the pen and ink again. Contemporary political graphics just haven't been the same since Pat Flynn left The Progressive. What were they thinking? You'll learn all about that at the site. Anyway the exhibit includes a lot of big names---Julian Allen, Marshall Arisman, Melinda Beck, Steve Brodner, Sue Coe, Henrik Drescher, Randall Enos, Mark Fisher, Stuart Goldenberg, Brad Holland, Jordan Isip, J D King, David Klein, Anita Kunz, Gary Panter, Jonathan Rosen, Arnold Roth, Lane Smith, Ralph Steadman and Mark Ulriksen among many others. At the site, click on the names to see artwork.
 By the way, Patrick wasn't kidding when he said they couldn't pay much. It never mattered. It was always a great privilege to work with him and have my collages appear in The Progressive.
This is one of Patrick's own works.
Cal Shenkel Moving Sale
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Legendary artist Cal Shenkel is having a Moving Sale. Album cover masterpieces completely painted by hand by Cal Shenkel. This is the last time these paintings will be sold at "Moving Sale" prices. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! Get 'em while you can! 2 WEEKS ONLY!
ELLE Editor's Sketches
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Collage is an improvisational art, and so I generally don’t do sketches.  But here’s one case where sketches were invaluable. I did this piece for ELLE magazine’s “Green” issue, with sketches provided and drawn by editor Lisa Chase. Her sketches proved to be useful in helping me figure out what went where. In fact, Lisa figured that all out for me. My job was to make it work cohesively, which still left me a lot of room for improvisation. Both pieces were done in photoshop.  First image: 119 layers. I accidentally flattened the photoshop file for the second, so I have no idea how many layers it is. The final page layout was designed by Deputy Art Director Florence Sicard.
Frank Tashlin's "How to Create Cartoons."
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Some pages from a 1952 “How To” manual by the great Frank Tashlin. Tashlin taught what he called the "SCOTArt Technique." What is the SCOTArt technique? Square Circle Oval Triangle Art! To quote from the manual "Yes, it is that simple!"
My MoMA talk this Saturday
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This is for anyone interested in attending my talk at MoMA this coming Saturday. It’s part of an ongoing lecture series in which MoMA invites artists from the collection to present and talk about their work. This one is the family edition for kids from ages seven to fourteen and their parents or guardian. My event is sold out but they keep a waiting list and you never know. Even if you can’t make this one the series is well worth looking into for future programs. Details of the event are here Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Stephen Kroninger
STARS OFF GARD
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A piggyback to David Goldin's Alex Gard post. This is a nice sampling of what's in the book. It isn't everything. Take a drink, Tim.
Here are some more Alex Gard drawings from "In Your Hat"
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