Wreaking Havoc: The Art of the Political CartoonistSouth Carolina Political Collections Gallery, Hollings Library
Sep 2, 2013 - Dec 20, 2013
Editorial cartoons grace the pages of most American daily newspapers and are widely popular. Their subject matter ranges from local to international matters and the cartoons often provide biting commentary.
The new exhibit by South Carolina Political Collections features the work of three artists. SCPC draws on its collections to spotlight the work of Walt Lardner and Kate Salley Palmer, and USC alumnus Robert Ariail rounds out the featured trio. Palmer and Ariail both got their starts working at The Gamecock while students at USC.
According to the Herb Block Foundation, in 1900 even small newspapers employed their own cartoonists, and there were approximately 2,000 editorial cartoonists employed by American newspapers. Today, as the newspaper business undergoes a sea change, that number has dwindled to perhaps forty. Columbia has been lucky to have such insightful and able artists working to keep its readers attuned to the news and its political leaders.
Some issues come and go. Others seem timeless. But a good editorial cartoonist ensures that the issue is appreciated.