David Hughes: Caricaturist of Our Time
"Gulf War," illustration by David Hughes, Observer Magazine, 1991.
In the 1970s, I worked at the Forum Gallery in New York City. My job was to sort through hundreds of unattributed portraits by David Levine
the caricaturist for the New York Review of Books.
The gallery wanted to sell them as drawings, and I was charged with determining who, exactly, was being satirized in each drawing Roland Barthes
or Czeslaw Milosz
or Leonid Brezhnev
. Once I had put a name to a face (not always an easy chore), I came to see that these finely-wrought ink drawings went right to the soul of the subject. The head was enlarged to the body, a particular trope of caricature...