The old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words finds substance in the illustrations of John Holcroft. Since he began working 19 years ago, the UK-based artist has been creating pithy visual satires that poke at society’s foibles.
In an old-fashioned style reminiscent of screenprint ads from the 1940s and ’50s, Holcroft tackles themes like work, technology and our never-ending quest for happiness — routinely sabotaged by the age-old culprits of ego, greed, and laziness. One drawing features a trio of baby-faced businessmen suckling a at a piggybank; another shows a breakfast cereal that boosts narcissism by the bowl-full.
“I illustrate the things that are important to me,” Holcroft — whose clients include publications like The Guardian, The Economist and Financial Times — told Hyperallergic. “It just happens that a lot of what concerns me is political.”
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The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
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Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
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Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
An exhibition depicts how people have reimagined the medieval period in the centuries since, and how they have revealed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation.