Friday, December 09, 2022

Lee Lorenz 1932 - 2022

Lee Lorenz, Cartoon Editor at The New Yorker for over twenty years beginning in 1973, passed away yesterday. No cause of death given. There are plans for a memorial in the new year. 



Terribly sad news. A master with the swooshing, vibrant brush line and a grand sense of humor who helped the careers of so many wonderful cartoonists.

Via Michael Maslin:

"The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, sent the following email to the magazine’s artists this morning:

"Lee Lorenz, a beloved figure at The New Yorker, was the art editor here from 1973 to 1993 and then continued as cartoon editor until 1997. A couple of hours ago, I got word that Lee died this morning. He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey (a blessed town in which to be born), and had a long and distinguished career here. Lee’s style was in line with Peter Arno and many of the early New Yorker masters. His inky brushstroke was distinctive, his jokes extremely funny. As an editor, he brought in an astonishing array of new talent, artists who no longer took their gags from “ideas” people: the new wave was in the singer-songwriter mode, writing their own jokes and creating their own distinctive visual universes. Lee’s eye was such that he could go through an enormous pile of drawings and pick out a newcomer…like Roz Chast. As an editor, he was both discerning and kind."


Lee Lorenz TCJ Interview from 2011

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