Harlem 1927
July 7, 2012 11:26 AM   Subscribe

In 1927 Miguel Covarrubias published Negro Drawings ( nsfw ).
Here are some of his cartoons for Vanity Fair and other publications.
posted by adamvasco (8 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Nice. Thanks.
posted by Daddy-O at 11:35 AM on July 7, 2012

Wow, what a fascinating artist. A little embarrassed I've never heard of him!
posted by ORthey at 11:37 AM on July 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

So very, very much to enjoy in Covarrubias' life and work.

He famously went to Bali in the 1930s. And was involved in filming traditional music and dance.

Here is a blog post with lots of fascinating pics and tidbits.

He was a more popular-type artist working mostly in commercial art and illustration, but you can see echoes of contemporary "high art" trends in his stuff as well. I love the simple line art drawings, though--so much to offer in so little.
posted by gimonca at 12:42 PM on July 7, 2012

Shared a studio with brother Al Hirschfeld back in the day, and was a serious inspiration for the old boy.
posted by IndigoJones at 12:56 PM on July 7, 2012

posted by Omon Ra at 1:04 PM on July 7, 2012

1937 Life article on his period in Bali.

Evidently W.E.B. Du Bois REALLY did not like Covarrubias:
Covarrubias has illustrated the book; and not being an art critic, my judgment on the success of his work is worth litte. I am frank to say, however, that I think I could exist quite happily if Covarrubias had never been born.
From a 1930 review of the autobiography of Emmanuel Taylor Gordon. Cite confirming the column was written by Du Bois.
posted by XMLicious at 1:06 PM on July 7, 2012

The Crisis - what a great name for a magazine! (See the 'did not like' link above.)
posted by Termite at 2:12 PM on July 7, 2012

An extraordinary artist.
posted by SPrintF at 7:22 PM on July 7, 2012

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