NY Review Caricaturist David Levine Dies

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

David Levine, an artist whose witty caricatures illustrated The New York Review of Books for more than 40 years, died yesterday at age 83.

The Associated Press reports his New York Review editor, Robert Silvers, confirmed Levine died at New York Presbyterian Hospital of prostate cancer and complications from other ailments.

Levine's drawings of politicians, celebrities, writers and historical figures typically had large heads and exaggerated features. In one well-known image from 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson pulls up his shirt to reveal a gallbladder-operation scar shaped like the map of Vietnam. Albert Einstein with a massive hairdo and Richard Nixon with a 5 o'clock shadow and ski-slope nose were other caricatures of Levine.

Levine contributed more than 3,800 drawings to the Review, which has continued to illustrate its articles with old Levine drawings. His work also appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and The New Yorker.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1926 and studied at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, the Pratt Institute, Temple University's Tyler School of Art and the Eighth Street School of New York. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

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