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March 9, 2009

THE ILLUSTRATIONS THE NY TIMES PAID MONEY NOT TO PRINT


Steve Brown, Alternet - The Kissinger image (by David Levine) is one of 320 illustrations - by 142 of the world's most acclaimed contemporary artists - that The New York Times itself originally commissioned for its op-ed pages, but then got cold feet about running, and eventually paid more than $1 million in "kill fees" to hide from public view (sometimes for as long as 38 years). . .

You'll find hundreds of such allegedly "not-fit-to-print" illustrations - together with the bizarre and often ludicrous reasons for suppressing them - in a sly and deliciously funny new book called
All The Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't), by Jerelle Kraus, former Art Editor of the Times op-ed and editorial pages, who reluctantly quit her "dream job" at the Times after 13 years in order to publish it. And we're fortunate she did. Her book rescues 320 eye-stopping illustrations by 142 of the world's most provocative graphic artists, including David Levine, Jules Feiffer, Ronald Searle, Milton Glaser, Charles Addams, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Ralph Steadman, Larry Rivers, Saul Steinberg, Ben Shahn, Art Speigelman, Andy Warhol, Garry Trudeau, and many more.

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