Robert Weaver
posted: February 24, 2008
Great sketchbook drawings in todays NY Times Op-Art section by Robert Weaver from '62 spring training. There's a slide show online :
Stephen Kroninger February 24, 2008
Thanks Joe and the TIMES. No lie, I was looking at Alan Cober's THE FORGOTTEN SOCIETY this past week and wondering where I might find some Robert Weaver. Beautiful work.
David Flaherty February 24, 2008
Now that's my kind of drawing. Thanks for the heads up Joe.
Dale Stephanos February 24, 2008
Nice! I saw this and intended to post it. I'm glad you beat me to it Joe. I thought it was a refreshing change of pace from photos.
Dan Z February 24, 2008
Great stuff. I hope they make a book.
Daniel Bejar February 25, 2008
Thanks for throwing his name out there & props to the NYT. Big fan of his work while in school and I totally forgot his name. Too bad there's not much of his stuff on the web, I think the only way to find anything is in the old annuals.
Harry Campbell February 25, 2008
Hey Joe, I just saw these this Monday morning and thought of posting them. Thanks for saving me the time. I think they're great and I thought how ironic and sad that the same NYTimes that intends to cut its budget by 30% is celebrating the golden age of illustration. Also helps one to forget about the current state of affairs with baseball and YES! spring and baseball are on their way.
Steve Brodner February 25, 2008
Joe: These are so great. I was also impressed by the segregated stands he so subtly and powerfully depicted. It should make the Times and everyone else hunger for art journalism, done fresh! We have stories to cover that are important for today. But how can you send an artist when you treat them like little mice, happy to work on 30% less cheese. Anyway, thanks for posting this! SB
Joe Ciardiello February 25, 2008
Thanks for all the info Bill. It seems Washington U has developed quite an illustration archive. They also have one on Robert Andrew Parker. Steve, you're absolutely right.
Peter Cusack February 25, 2008
GREAT! Thanks for the heads up. Such fresh, real work. I'd love to get a job like this!!!! I have to check out the blog mentioned here for more. Thanks!
Bill Koeb February 25, 2008
Your welcome on the info. Unfortunately true Steve. BK
Edel Rodriguez February 25, 2008
Joe, thanks for the link. Robert Weaver is one of my favorites, great to see it at the Times, there should be more of this kind of work everywhere.
Robert Saunders February 25, 2008
Man, Joe, those are fine drawings. That Weaver had huge eyes. Good call, thanks.
Leo Espinosa February 25, 2008
Mad pencil!
barry blitt February 25, 2008
These are endlessly interesting drawings. Amazing how fresh and timeless they are. The site with the Kennedy Suite that Kroninger mentions is worth seeing as well - though some of the comments there seem odd [someone suggests Weaver's reputation is inflated due to his persona and idealism, and that Bob Peak and Bernie Fuchs were actually better artists - though both seem terribly dated compared to Weaver] But anyway.
Dan Z February 25, 2008
Do any of you see reportage illustration being used today? If so...where?
Joe Ciardiello February 25, 2008
Dan - In recent years Steve Brodner has done some brilliant visual journalism. For the most part however, it's a lost art form. Sadly, not since Cober have publications seen the value in sending an artist to cover and interpret an event or story. Probably because of time and budget constraints, plus the fact that editors feel their readers understand photos much better.
Bill Koeb February 25, 2008
Barry, I read those comments after seeing your post here. I think they really reflect the writers' tastes more than anything else. I think he's missing the power and innovation of Weaver's work. It is interesting that he mentions a Fuchs' portrait of Kennedy being a favorite of the Kennedys. If it is the one I am thinking of, it is a very flattering piece. Go figure. He also sort of jabs at Weaver by mentioning Larry Rivers, as if the influence lessens the work. The thing that gets me about Robert Weaver v. any of the other artists working in those days, besides his ability to see and draw truths, is that Weaver was able to show multiple sides of a debate/situation simultaneously, and not just in his split images. There is one image of his that I cannot find, of soldiers sitting in the snow, seen through the branches of a tree. It looks as though they are trapped and cradled by the tree at the same time, sitting in the snow but also sitting in the tree. The work invites questions, 40 years later. With Peak, there are no questions, lots of style, design, and flair, but no depth in his illustrations, spare a few pieces.
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