Tony Auth: Political Cartoons

Tony Auth has had a regular nationwide exhibition for decades, appearing daily in the lives of countless newspaper readers in our region and, through syndication, all over America. This retrospective exhibition gathers together a wide range of Tony’s editorial art, including drawings, paintings, sketches and newspaper pages from more than four decades.

"Without a significant infusion of money for Philadelphia's schools, the betrayal of our children will be complete. The Philadelphia schools will open in the fall without paper, new books, counselors, clubs, librarians, secretaries, assistant principals, athletics, music, art, aids or support staff. There's no money of course, but it would be entirely appropriate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvanians to commission Robert Indiana to sculpt a twin for his famous LOVE statue: DISGRACE." Tony Auth

"This drawing was originally published in 1993 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington. On the day I did this drawing, Michael Pakenham, editorial page editor at the time, and I decided to look up the Philadelphia Inquirer's coverage of the March in 1963. What we discovered was appalling: not one mention of Martin Luther King, Jr., or his speech, and the whole event was covered as a strange invasion of the capital by a large group of very strange people. Sometimes it takes a little while to notice that history is happening around us. Thirty years from now, what will we look back on to see how wrong we were?" Tony Auth

"Are we right to be constantly vigilant, lest our civil liberties be abused by the government? Of course. Have the American people been abused by the government's surveillance program which, whether you like it or not, has been legal since 9/11? Based on what we know now, no." Tony Auth

"The Republican Party, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tea Party Movement, can't govern, but they can make sure nobody else can govern either. In the "Alice in Wonderland," down-the-rabbit-hole world of U.S. House Republicans, where compromise is treason, that's a wonderful thing." Tony Auth

All cartoons © Tony Auth

This exhibition was organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seeks to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. We also seek to educate our community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.