Oliphant's Anthem: Pat Oliphant at the Library of Congress commemorates the Library of Congress's recent acquisition of sixty cartoon drawings, sketchbooks, and illustrations by one of America's foremost editorial cartoonists. This exhibition also documents, through additional works on loan to the Library, Oliphant's efforts to refine his style through prints, painting, and sculpture that have kept his art fresh and sharpened his commentary.
The Library of Congress collects cartoons and caricatures for their value both as vehicles of social and political commentary and as works of art. Editorial cartoons, in particular, represent a vital form of political discourse in our democratic society. In the hands of a master they provide insight into universal features of human nature, and make complex social and political issues comprehensible.
Entitled Oliphant's Anthem, the companion volume to this exhibition contains the edited transcript of Oliphant's six hour taped interview done at the Library in 1997, a foreword by Senator Bob Dole and a preface by Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, as well as 83 images from the exhibition.
130 pp. 83 illus. Bibliography and object list. $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping. A co-publication by the Library of Congress and Andrews McMeel Publishing.
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