Thursday, August 08, 2019

Elmira, NY Gallery Ahow: “From Pencil to Page: Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman’s Creative Process”

If you are in the Finger lakes are of upstate New York, drop by the Chemung Historical Society in Elmira, where there is a gallery show of Puck and Judge Magazine cartoonist Eugene "Zim" Zimmerman's work through next month. He was a prolific and skilled cartoonist at the turn of the last century.

Karey Solomon writes for Mountain Home:

Those years on either side of the turn of the twentieth century were a heyday for illustrators. Newspapers and magazines had not yet perfected the translation of a photograph to the printed page, so everything from articles to editorials required the skilled hand of an artist to depict and often interpret the news. They all developed their own styles—Zim may have originated the grotesque caricature, Erin notes. Cartoonists like Zim became superstars of the day, along with others—like R.L. “Believe it or Not” Ripley, and Walt Disney—in an even larger way. Some, like Disney, went into animation. Others drew the political cartoons and the comic strips that were sometimes collectively referred to as “the funnies.” Many augmented their income by teaching art; Zim also created a twenty-booklet correspondence course and took great interest in his students.

Thanks to D.D. Degg for this!

1 comment:

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

My Dad's family is from Elmira and Horseheads, so I was particularly interested in this article. I shared your article to my Dad's facebook page (John Stermer Fine Art). I could't see that you have a FB page so I thought I'd let you know. In any case, it looks like a fascinating exhibition. Thanks!