June 2, 2023

The New York Occasions has reported that illustrator and humorist Bruce McCall handed away in the present day.

“Bruce McCall, whose satirical illustrations for Nationwide Lampoon and The New Yorker conjured up a plutocratic dream world of luxurious zeppelin journey, indoor golf programs and vehicles just like the Bulgemobile Airdreme, died on Friday within the Bronx. He was 87.

“His spouse, Polly Bier McCall, stated his demise, at Calvary Hospital, was brought on by Parkinson’s illness.

“Borrowing from the promoting fashion seen in magazines like Life, Look and Collier’s within the Nineteen Thirties and ’40s, Mr. McCall depicted a luminous fantasyland stuffed with airplanes, vehicles and luxurious liners of his personal creation. It was a world populated by carefree millionaires who anticipated caviar to be served within the stations of the fictional Fifth Avenue Subway and carwashes to spray their limousines with champagne.”

His work actually appealed to me as a result of his paintings completely evoked the brash optimism of the mid-Twentieth century, however subverted it in satirical, typically surreal, methods. It was all the time meticulously rendered, however playful and really humorous.

Right here is his 2008 Ted Discuss, known as Critical Play, by which he describes his work as RetroFuturism.

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