To call Ed Sorel an illustrator would not only be a disservice to the man but to the entire discipline. Fairly speaking, he is the dean of American illustrators, a lodestar for an entire generation of satirists and caricaturists.
Sorel began his career as a student at Cooper Union and, after graduating in 1951, founded the graphic-design firm Push Pin Studios with his former classmates Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast. In the intervening decades, he has drawn and written for every important magazine in existence (and some that no longer are), Time, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, New York, and Vanity Fair among them. He has painted murals at the Waverly Inn and the Monkey Bar. He has reviewed the books and exhibitions of his fellow artists and written books himself, including Mary Astor’s Purple Diary—a rollicking account of the 1936 sex scandal involving the Hollywood starlet—and an upcoming memoir. So far, his career has plagued 13 presidential administrations—that Donald Trump occupied that unlucky 13th slot is a coincidence that calls out for one of Sorel’s sparklingly biting captions.