PAUL CONRAD: Drawing Fire: Conrad Gallery


Conrad Gallery

A line-drawing cartoon of a man hard at work, hunched over a drawing board, with a thought balloon displaying an image of the U.S. presidential seal with a partially undone zipper splitting it in half “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you’ve been the subject of a Paul Conrad cartoon.”
—Gerald Ford, thirty-eighth president of the United States

Brilliant, prolific and always unafraid, Paul Conrad has brought more than five decades’ worth of American presidents under the scrutiny of his pen. Beginning with Harry S. Truman, Conrad’s scathing artistic commentary has left no administration—or political issue—untouched. His cartoons in the Los Angeles Times commented on the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Reaganomics, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Iran Contra Affair, as well as more recent newsworthy items such as the Iraq war and the Patriot Act, to the delight and scorn of generations of readers. As fellow cartoonist Mike Keefe notes, “If you’re not pissing people off in your cartoons, you’re not doing the job.”

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