Warrington Colescott

Milwaukee Art Museum

Warrington Colescott is a master caricaturist. Together with that of his brother, Robert (who died last year), Warrington’s daily practice of probing, prodding, and reappropriating culture, history, and politics has produced a nearly boundless trove of comical social critique. Evincing a shared love for barbs and jokes, the work of both artists demonstrates a palpable confidence, a maximizing of the bitingly satiric narration that drives their inventive compositions. But while Robert had a natural facility with paint, employing bold color and erratic brushwork, Warrington found his place in the print studio, and the agility with which he combined etching techniques has yielded a rich and dense integration of line, color, and texture.

In this comprehensive fifty-year retrospective, “Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy, and Satire,” the elder brother’s career is chronicled from his days

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