ART YOUNG CARTOON GALLERY
Through his style of visual simplicity and ironic comedy, Art Young (1866-1943) may well have been America's most eloquent spokesperson for the cause of Socialism. At the peak of his popularity, Art Young stood as a central figure in the most important magazines of art and politics of his time, including The Masses, The Liberator and his own brilliant, if short lived, humor magazine Good Morning.
Yet his consistently non-factional politics and humanitarian vision, combined with a mischievously subversive sense of humor, also made Art Young uniquely capable of reaching well into the mainstream of American journalism. Through his pen and ink drawings, usually accompanied by sharp captioning, Young brought his open-faced Socialist commentary to the pages of Life, Puck, Judge, Metropolitan Magazine, The Nation and many of the major daily newspapers.
Art Young’s cartoons specialized in challenging the ideological platitudes of his time, an era of monopolistic excess and imperialism, all represented on a level of abstraction and allegory that made his work instantly accessible, effortlessly humorous and deceptively didactic. Art Young was both an entertainer and a radical teacher, an artist and revolutionary activist.
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