NEW YORK - David Levine, an artist whose witty caricatures illustrated the
New York Review of Books
for more than 40 years, has died. He was 83.
Levine, who studied at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, died Tuesday at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan of prostate cancer.
Levine's drawings of politicians, celebrities, writers and historical figures typically had large heads and exaggerated features - Albert Einstein with a nimbus of hair, Richard Nixon all 5 o'clock shadow and ski-slope nose. In one well-known image from 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson pulls up his shirt to reveal a gallbladder-operation scar shaped like the map of Vietnam.
The drawings defined the look of the New York Review, which sold them on calendars and T-shirts. From a few months after it began publishing in 1963 until he was diagnosed with the eye disease macular degeneration in 2006, Levine contributed more than 3,800 drawings to the Review, which has continued to illustrate its articles with old Levine drawings.
Levine's work also appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and New Yorker, among other publications.
Levine was born in Brooklyn in 1926 and studied at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, the Pratt Institute, Tyler, and the Eighth Street School of New York.