Lee Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and the magazine’s cartoon editor from 1993 to 1997. Lorenz is a prolific contributor to the magazine; he has done many covers and more than eighteen hundred cartoons. Lorenz joined the staff in 1958, the same year his first cartoon appeared in the pages of The New Yorker. After studying with the painter Philip Guston at the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, Lorenz sold his first cartoon, to Collier’s, in 1956.
Hundreds of his cartoons are collected in three of his books, “Here It Comes” (1968), “Now Look What You’ve Done” (1977), and “The Golden Age of Trash” (1987). He has written and illustrated a number of books for children, including “A Weekend in the Country” (1985), “Dinah’s Egg” (1990), and “A Weekend in the City” (1991), and also illustrated a variety of other books, including Bruce Feirstein’s 1982 humor best-seller, “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche,” and its sequel, “Real Men Don’t Bond” (1992).
His book “The Art of The New Yorker, 1925-1995” was published by Knopf in October 1995, during The New Yorker’s seventieth-anniversary year. It was the first comprehensive exploration of the magazine’s cartoons, covers, spot drawings, illustrations, caricatures, and photographs. Lorenz has served on the board of the Museum for African Art and as a trustee of the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, a nonprofit organization that encourages public awareness of cartooning.
In 1995, he was voted gag cartoonist of the year by the National Cartoonists Society. As an avocation, Lorenz plays jazz cornet with his own group, The Creole Cookin’ Jazz Band. Lorenz and his wife live in Easton, Connecticut. He has three children and two grandchildren.