& now, Karl Rove as Alice

"Perfect Happiness" by Michael Caines, oil on canvas, 48" x 46"

And a Happy New Year! The past year in political cartoonage has seen Palin and others as Alice. Now Canadian artist Michael Caines has Karl Rove in blue dress. (Rove was political¬†strategist¬†for George W. Bush and is now a pundit for Fox News.) The show “Perfect Happiness,” named after the Rove painting, runs through December 31st at the Mulherin Pollard Projects in Manhattan, 317 Tenth Ave. The art is for sale from $1,200 up to $10,000. There’s some disagreement between the Bloomberg News and LCSNA members as to what exactly Karl Rove is supposed to be (not to mention why) in that painting. Bloomberg writer Katya Kazakina refers to Rove as “dressed as Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’” and the image caption says he “wears a dress while embracing a Bambi-like deer.” Cindy Watter differs: “The scene isn’t Bambi-like; it is clearly taken from TTLG.” Please leave your analysis in the comments, as well as any identification of the people in the Tea Party below. More of Caines art, including some other Carrollian inspiration and Kim Jong Il in a ball gown, at mulherinpollard.com.

"Tea Party" by Michael Caines, oil on panel, 36" x 24"