As legendary artist Al Hirschfeld enters his 100th year — he turned 99 on June 21 — The Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd. launches a retrospective exhibition and a commemorative website.
Hirschfeld's exclusive gallery, The Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd., celebrates Hirschfeld's birthday with an exhibition featuring work from all eight decades of the artist's professional career. Located at 699 Madison Avenue, between 62nd and 63rd Street, the gallery is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM. The exhibition features Hirschfeld's original drawings, paintings, etchings and lithographs; for more information, call (212) 677-5330.
The Margo Feiden Galleries has also launched a new website, www.alhirschfeld.com, which is the web's most comprehensive site for Hirschfeld enthusiasts. The site includes a biography of the caricaturist as well as hundreds of his drawings and sketches. There is also a special "When You Click Upon a Star" section that features audio tributes to Hirschfeld from Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams.
Best known for his theatrical caricatures for The New York Times, Hirschfeld's drawings have also appeared in The New Yorker, TV Guide, Town & Country, Playboy, Mirabella, People Magazine, New Masses, Reader's Digest, Collier's, Life, Time, Look, The Washingtonian, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and dozens of other publications. When his daughter Nina was born, he began embedding her name in his works; the small number next to his signature reveals how many Ninas can be found in each particular drawing. A 1996 documentary about his work, "The Line King," was nominated for an Academy Award, and his newest tome, "Hirschfeld On Line," was published in 1999.
—By Andrew Gans