October 23, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

The Widening Gyre

In the new Vanity Fair: for an incisive story by Garry Wills, one of my favorite writers. Who is Trump like? My solution: the #Murderclown is like nobody. Nixon, Wallace, McCarthy shocked to their socks (Cohn not so much.)

 

My latest cover for The Nation. Deplorables galore.

 

 

Here is the result of a few weeks living in AlecBaldwinWorld. I was asked by Viacom to decorate the Apollo Theater for a star-studded tribute to Baldwin to be broadcast on Spike TV. Here they all are: three murals, stitched together, scenes from his career going back to the 1970’s. Each was 8′ high and some as long as 16′. A very long month. With a final grateful note from Alec, who is now the proud (?) owner of one of these. Thanks to him, the crew and Keith Raywood, my designer for the project. And  thanks to Peter Cury of the Hollywood Reporter for the sweet write up.

Center Stage Mural. Clockwise: Hunt for Red October, The Departed, Trumps, Radio, Knott’s Landing, 30 Rock.

 

Drumpf.

 

O’Reilly.

Tony Bennett.

Streetcar Named Desire.

The Edge, The Getaway, The Alamo.

These were watercolors reaching about 40″ in length, but blown up onto vinyl. For once, Trump’s hands are YUUUUUGE!

This image for The Washington Post marks Trump’s 100 Days in office.

Great thanks to Adam Kushner, editor and Chris Ruken, designer for making this happen.

Prints are now available HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE CIVIL WARS.

 

DJT.

Ivanka.

Spicer.

 

Kush.

 

Mark Meadows (Freedom Caucus.)

 

Pence.

 

THE COURT OF KING DONALD I

(This image available as a Giclee print: https://society6.com/stevebrodner)
I was working on a big Hillary Inauguration piece for the LA Times in October and got pretty far with it. The idea was to have all the important characters in Washington and media at the ceremony all smeared with orange slime. 
Then, well, you know.
I needed, as we all did, time to figure out what had just happened. Gradually the replacement became clearer: President Pumpkin was, as a tin pot autocrat, to himself and his followers, a kind of king. Then I thought of Goya’s magnificent portrait of King Charles IV of Spain, where he mercilessly caricatured them (and they loved it, BTW.) Charles is a nothing, an empty vessel. You can make this case for Trump. He sells whatever the “mark” is buying. The family of Cankerous Cumquat is roughly the same size. The gilt-edged lifestyle, also a good fit. So I began. 
Here’s the final, details and process shots. It is darned good to be an illustrator when your deepest feelings can find a form. I marched around DC with a lot of you yesterday. Both things gave me the same feeling. That we are at the beginning of a movement of great power. Let us hope.
It took a couple of weeks to finish with the absolutely wonderful support of Susan Brenneman and  Wesley Bausmith at the Times.

CHEETO MUSSOLINI HIMSELF.

Kushners, Priebus, Christie, Conway.

 

Ivanka, Putin.

Price, Mattis & Co

Stephen Bannon, The American Bystander.

American Journal.

 

The Resistance.

The Legacy of Obama.

The Nation

The Trump Gang
The Nation
 
Resisting Trump
Harper’s
 

 

 

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Trump and the Khans. The Nation. 

 

           Troll Final700

A Troll. For Time Magazine.  Click here for 2016 published work: [Read more…]

Renaming the Redskins

In Sunday’s Washington Post! My six picks for a name that better reflects the Beltway Real.

See all 6 HERE.Gippers

White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2014

To celebrate the Dinner I did two historical reviews of the proceedings. First for Politico Magazine and the second for the Washington Post style section.

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Calvin Coolidge was the first president to attend.

Sinatra Hope650

In the 50’s and 60’s it was a Sinatra and Hope type of affair.Thomas650

Helen Thomas was the first to break to the glass ceiling and pave the way for women reporters.Kelly and Fawn650

Michael Kelly shocked the gang by bringing Fawn Hall.Ellen and Heche650

As did Ellen DeGeneres, later on, by bringing Anne Heche.Osbourne650

Then there was the year of Ozzie.

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And in 2013 Tom Brokow boycotted because Greta van Sisteren had brought Lindsay Lohan the previous year, which, to me would represent a positive trend.

Michelle 700

There was a year when Obama sported bangs. For some reason.

Trump700

Remember when Seth Meyers said that Trump was not only on Fox but also had a fox on his head?  Great.

Penn and Scarlett 700

Penn and Scarlett showed up together one night.

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Arianna Huffington called Christie and Bon Jovi her “Jersey Boys”. Ickkk.

Obama Osama 700

The most amazing night of all was when Obama joked along while plans to take out bin Laden were under way. A great split screen Zero Dark 40 missed. Would have been a funnier film.

 

NY Observer’s Power 80

This week’s NY Observer gives us the 80 most powerful New Yorkers.  The number one on the list? Chirlane McCrea, our new first lady, who Mayor de Blasio describes as his “moral compass”.  The rest here are Rev. Al Sharpton (a  former classmate from Tilden High in Brooklyn, way back when. Wonder what he’s doing now?), Union leader Peter Ward and Carmen Farina, chancellor of schools. Sketch night Monday here for Lauren Draper, AD, Ken Kurson, Ed. was great fun.Power 80 cover650

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The Presidents Cuomo

Thanks to Josh Benson, Tom McGeveren, Peter Lettre at Capital New York for making this review of NY Governors who became president (as seen through a Cuomo-esque lens) possible. Oh, just because.

All characters played by current pols.

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Van Buren Cuomo 2700

Cleveland Cuomo700

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