Graphic Witness: visual arts & social commentary [Arthur (Art) Young]
Art Young: a case of censorship

For a brief recounting of the 1917 trial of Young and other contributors to The Masses, select the photo of Art Young. In the seven pages that follow: each image provides a link to the next page. The seven hyper-linked pages make a loop that returns you to this page.

*See also in the January 2016 issue of Harper's Magazine a Portfolio by Art Spiegelman titled: "To Laugh That We May Not Weep; A nearly forgotten cartoonist we need to look at -- right now!"

Video discussion on Art Young with Steve Brodner, Art Spiegelman and Anita Kunz, February 9, 2018 at the Society of Illustrators

below: More work by Art Young
Good Morning, an American political humor/satire magazine, 1919-1921, edited and published by Art Young, with Ellis O. Jones.

from the issue of January 15, 1921 -- Good Morning complete index of issues

caption: Thug: 'It's my turn now; you've had him long enough.'

The same image was earlier published with Yiddish captions in The Big Stick (Der groyser kundes) as noted by Young in pencil. Partially erased below this, you can make out the Good Morning notation. Profiteer [close up of label], The Public [viewed with strong light from back of image], Wages and Thug are English labels covering the original Yiddish. Young says of the troubles he had making a living: "But there was one editor who stood by me -- Jacob Marinoff, of the Big Stick, a Jewish humorous weekly, which also was under surveillance by the federal authorities. Each week he used my drawings, with lettering such as is frequently necessary in a cartoon in Hebrew. I like this because it gave the pictures a decorative effect that my plain English lettering lacked."
p. 340 Art Young His Life and Times, Sheridan House, NY 1939.

see also essay on Marinoff and Yiddish satire by Aaron Rubenstein
right -- caption in ink:
The National Association of Manufacturers overplays his part.
below this, in pencil: Drawn for 'Facts and Fascism'. This drawing may have been intended for the George Seldes book of that title, also dated 1943.

Artist sitting beside his signature, saying 'O shucks' (lower left) while the 'Patient Public' hoots derisively at the actor ranting free enterprise/anti-union sentiments. His strenuous oratory has caused his sword belt to come undone.
Hello from Art Young, 1944. As the card suggests, this was the 28th annual 'hello' Young sent to his 'Chrismus' list.

Postcard postmarked December 28, 1943. Where Young added in red ink, Yes and Teheran he refers to the December 1, 1943 conference between Rooseveldt, Churchill and Stalin, held in Iran. Young must have been feeling optimistic about the future. Hopes were returning for peace; Nazis were dropping like small devils and swastikas. Young suggests even more than Four Freedoms might be possible. Sadly, the next day, two weeks short of his 78th birthday, Young died.

Art Young: January 14, 1866 to December 29, 1943
See also: The Illustrated Enemy -- anti-war artists

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