From October 24 to December 30, 2017, The Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators will be presenting “George Booth – A Cartoonist's Life.” The New Yorker cartoonist seamlessly combined drawing style, caricature, environment, and writing in what have become iconic features of the magazine. This will be the first exhibit dedicated exclusively to Booth’s work.
Booth was born on June 28, 1926 in Cainsville, Missouri. His father was the Superintendent of Schools, while his mother was a schoolteacher and musician as well as a fine artist/cartoonist. In 1944, Booth was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was later invited to reenlist and join the Corp’s Leatherneck Magazine as a staff cartoonist. When he was redrafted for the Korean Conflict, he was ordered back to work with Leatherneck.
Following his discharge from service, Booth moved to New York to pursue a career as an artist. Between 1959 and 1968, Booth worked in the publishing world as a corporate art director at Bill Brothers publications. By 1969, Booth was working as a full time cartoonist on The New Yorker magazine, a working relationship that has since lasted nearly 50 years. Additionally, Booth has illustrated numerous books and his cartoons have been published in several bound collections.
His work has also been translated into animation by studios such as R.O. Blechman’s The Ink Tank, Frank Terry Productions, and J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. Across his extensive career, Booth has been recognized by The National Cartoonists Society with both the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gag Cartoon Award.
This comprehensive exhibition of Booth’s cartoons is taking place on the Second Floor Gallery of the Society of Illustrators on 128 East 63 Street in New York, New York. An opening reception to the public will be held on October 27 at 6:30 PM.
For further information on the upcoming exhibit, including admission costs and museum hours, visit www.societyillustrators.org.