Stephen Kroninger
April 2008
Joe Klein's IN THE ARENA for TIME
 A few of my more recent images for Joe Klein's IN THE ARENA column in TIME magazine. These were done with Art Directors Tom Miller, Cindy Hoffman and D. W. Pine. Special mention should also be made of TIME photo Editor  Deirdre Read who always does a fantastic job researching the photo heads. Each week I send her an e-mail saying what type of expression(s)  I'm looking for and she sends me contact sheets with a consistently great selection to chose from. She has a wonderful eye and we're always in sync.

 The first is running this week for a column entitled "Above the Fray."
"The Patriotism Problem: Obama's candidacy is a tribute to what's right about America. He needs to start saying so."
"Silly Season: Both Democratic candidates are bloodied and losing altitude. That's why it might be time to bring back Al Gore"
"Obama's Challenge And Ours: His speech on race was a triumph. Now he has to keep telling hard truths."
"Patraeus Meets His Match: The general has made real progress in Iraq. But he doesn't have an answer for Barack Obama."
Five Presidents-LithOpinion Magazine 1966
These are from a fold-out in LithOpinion Magazine from 1966. On one side are portraits of five Presidents painted by top illustrators. On the reverse side are editorial cartoons from the times. There are only four in this post because I would have to destroy the magazine to show you the fifth.

text: "FIVE PRESIDENTS; A gallery of Presidents, painted especially for Local  One, ALA backed up with period drawings, ranging from mean to vicious, and some notes on their sufferings at the bar of public opinion."

 front side, first painting:

John F. Kennedy by Bernard Fuchs,
"This is a very dangerous and uncertain world."---in a chamber of commerce speech at Forth Worth, Texas, on the morning of Friday, November 22, 1963, just before enplaning to Dallas.
Reverse Side:
 John F. Kennedy captured the imagination of the public. His vitality, youth and good looks, as well as those of his wife and children, brought unprecedented glamour and grace to the White House. It seemed at times if he could do no wrong. Following the Bay of Pigs, when a Gallup poll showed 82 percent of the population for him, Kennedy said, "It's just like Eisenhower. The worse I do, the more popular I get." But the Gallup poll in November of 1963 reported national approval down to  percent. With this in mind, Kennedy went on a speaking trip to Dallas.
Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Fawcett

"Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me-and I welcome their hatred."
Franklin D. Roosevelt came to office on a wave of popular acclaim and enthusiasm. His fireside chats wee the hit of 1933 and the First Hundred Days remain a time of unparalleled achievement. Then the honeymoon ended. Business and finance, recovering from the great depression, voiced many grievances, and continued to do so throughout his time in office. In 1936 he scored his record victory over Alf Landon, a true highpoint of his popular appeal. In 1940 he barely won over Wendell Willkie, but in 1944 he made a great comeback, smothering Tom Dewey in a weary campaign.
Woodrow Wilson by Bernard Fuchs

"I believe in democracy because it releases the energy of every human being."
 Woodrow Wilson remain, even today, one of the most misunderstood men ever to occupy the White House. He effected far-reaching reforms: aid to farmers and labor unions; creation of the Federal Reserve System. A slight majority re-elected him in 1916 on the slogan, "He kept us out of war." Soon he had to say, "The right is more precious than the peace" and he was for the moment cheered by a public anxious to enter the war, but who later disowned his peace treaty and league of Nations when, through his famed 14 points, he tried to make a lasting and intelligent peace.
Abraham Lincoln by Robert Fawcett

"Why should there not be a patient confidence in ultimate justice of the people? Is there any equal hope in the world?"
 Abraham Lincoln, as a country lawyer, supposedly won his great debates with Stephen A. Douglas, but it was Douglas who was elected Senator. Lincoln won the Presidency by a minority vote: the opposition split and its two candidates drew more votes than he did. His own cabinet scoffed at him; his Secretary of War referred to him as "the baboon in the White House." Campaign blunders and bad timing on the Democrats' side won him office a second time, but he stood alone throughout his Presidency; not until long after his death did understanding and reverence, emerge.
For the curious, the fifth is Thomas Jefferson painted by Robert Fawcett. Text: "When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself a public property." reverse side text: The reactionary opposition to Thomas Jefferson went to near-hysterical lengths in deriding his ideas , and in showing what it called the country's "confusion" under his leadership. He was feared and hated, called an "atheist and a "leveler" because of his championing of the common man. Even his purchase of the Louisiana Territory was criticized as a spending of a fortune on a "wilderness." When he left office after his second term Jefferson said, "Never did a prisoner released from his chains feel such relief as I shall in shaking off the shackles of Power." I recently bought a stack of LITHOPINION. They're filled lots of great illustration.
This is the third and final post of some of Dave Savage's collection of street art photos. All of these were taken in New York City.
A whole generation of contemporary illustrators have been influenced by street art from the torn posters, layers of texture, uneven and/or mutilated paper sources (folds, tears, scuffs), dripping spray paint, markers, dab of spray paint, stencils, thick black outlines etc. Thanks again, Dave, for allowing me to post a part of your huge archive. Part One Part Two Dave Savage's Website: Savage Monsters
STREET ART part two
More of Dave Savage's collection of Street Art photos. These are from Austin, Berlin, San Francisco and Washington D.C. There are a lot of stickers in this one. Dave also has a huge collection of stickers that he's carefully peeled off of walls, poles , mailboxes etc and re-pasted into books.
A friend of mine, Dave Savage, took these photographs between the years 2001 until today. He's been extremely kind and generous in allowing me to post some of his collection here for you. There are thousands of them. My fingers are sore from editing them. I've decided to break them up into three posts. This is the first and mostly deals with political art, The next two will be be general street at and New York City. Thanks, Dave, you're a wonderful soul. This is Dave's personal website: Savage Monsters. Visit early and often.
These photos were taken in Austin, Berlin, Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York City.
A recent trend in illustration is to employ layers of texture and/or simulate wear and decay. In many of these nature has done that naturally and beautifully.
I find this one particularly striking. The violence of the tear coupled with the doggedness of the excess tape to hold the paper in place make the piece speak much more powerfully than the artist ever intended.
THE FOURTH WALL: Photographs by Amy Arbus
My friend Amy Arbus is having an April exhibit and book release. On View: APRIL 1-30 2008 The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery The Walter Reade Theater 165 West 65th Street (Upper Level) New York, NY 10023 Tel: (212) 875-5607 Hours: 1:30 PM-6:00 PM Daily Preview: AMY ARBUS: The Fourth Wall What happens when a performing actor leaves behind his lines, staging, sets, and lighting, and steps beyond the fourth wall? For three years, Amy Arbus has been exploring this question in a series of dramatic portraits of celebrated actors, both on and off Broadway. Fully costumed but stripped of their context, Arbus's actors remain in character as they step outside the fiction of theater into the reality of the world beyond. Staged in anonymous public spaces--in theater lobbies, on city streets, in parks, and in stage door alleys--Arbus's images achieve an unexpected blend of spectacle and high art; formality and sontaneity; vulnerability and pretense. Collected in The Fourth Wall are some of the modern stage's most gifted actors, including Alan Cumming in Cabaret, John Malkovitch in Lost Land, Liev Schreiber in Talk Radio, Ed Harris in Wrecks, Cherry Jones in Doubt, Christine Ebersol in Grey Gardens, and Ethan Hawke and Martha Plimpton in The Coast of Utopia. Actors are included from such successful and ambitioud productions as Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Color Purple, to name but a few. Portraits are accompanied by synopses of the plays as well as quotes from a number of the actors portrayed. AND On the Street Monday, April 7, 2008 at 8pm From the gallery to the silver screen, get a sneak peek at John Spellos's new Amy Arbus documentary. On the Street is presented as a work-in-progress. Arbus and director John Spellos will answer questions following the screening. In 1980, the Village Voice hired Amy Arbus to photograph the people of Manhattan for a section in the paper called “On the Street.” For the next ten years, Arbus captured the 1980s downtown fashion scene and its cast of characters. This new documentary explores the impact of those photographs and delves into the Village scene, with its budding musicians, designers, and artists, some of whom went on to international fame. Watch Arbus as she photographs many of the same people some 25 years later and discovers where it has led them to today. To Purchase Tickets For The Screening
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