Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Jazzy Caricatures of "LAN"
I first saw these drawings by an artist known as "LAN," by way of a colleague from Brazil, who brought the book E HOJE!, AS ESCOLES DE LAN in to work about 25 years ago. Everybody was pretty much impressed with the wild exaggeration and rhythm "Lan" brought to these sketches, many of which celebrate the riotous pageantry of Carnivale in Rio de Janero.
34 years after the fact, however, it is also likely that some viewers in our more enlightened age may find these drawings suspect of sexism and racial insensitivity. Offense is in the eye of the beholder imo, so if any is taken, none is intended by me posting these grabs and my apologies herein are advanced for those who don't like them. Hopefully lovers of dynamic cartoon art will take away Lan's vigorous sense of design and his splashy exaggeration of a culture he may not have been born to, but clearly loves.
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