RIP – DAVID LEVINE


EXPIRED: 12/29/09 – David Levine, 83, could critique you with a few, quick lines on a sketch pad better than any author could over many paragraphs.  Jules Feiffer said it best when he called him “the greatest caricaturist of the last half of the 20th Century”.


Levine was not known for flattery. He rose to prominence creating some of the most incisive caricatures we know, from his illustration of President Lyndon B. Johnson revealing a Vietnam-shaped scar on his abdomen to his depiction of disgraced President Richard Nixon as a fetus.

Levine was also an accomplished painter. In the late 1950s, he and painter Aaron Shikler founded the Painting Group, an artist’s salon and the subject of the 2007 documentary Portraits of a Lady. The New York Times reports that Levine mostly painted watercolors, with garment workers as his subject.

Born in 1926, was lived, sketched and died in Brooklyn. His wife, Kathy Hayes, said he died from a combination of illnesses and a bout with prostate cancer. His work was regularly published in Esquire, The New York Review of Books, The New York Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among many others.

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