June 2 – October 21, 2012
Fred Beans Gallery
Tony Auth's cartoons, seemingly simple and always direct, have influenced public opinion and politicians for more than forty years. "Our job is not to amuse our readers," says Auth of a national artistic heritage of editorial cartooning that began with Benjamin Franklin in 1754. "Our mission is to stir them, inform and inflame them." Auth was a fledgling artist from California in 1971 when The Philadelphia Inquirer flew him in for a weeklong job interview as the paper's editorial cartoonist, and thus began a Pulitzer Prize-winning legacy of excellence that documents the changing political and cultural landscape of our time. This retrospective exhibition gathers together the full range of Auth's art, including drawings, paintings, sketches, and newspaper pages, as well as a selection of his award-winning children's book illustrations. From Nixon to Obama, from the energy crisis to the financial crisis, this exhibit will display more than 100 original cartoons that touched the lives of countless newspaper readers in our region and, through syndication, all over America.