London to Get Two Al Hirschfeld Exhibitions

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The late Al Hirschfeld will pull off a London double in summer 2005. He’ll have one exhibition running at the National Theatre and another across the bridge at Covent Garden’s Theatre Museum.

The Theatre Museum will show Hirschfeld’s “Brits On Broadway” between June 22 and Oct. 30. A collection of drawings and caricatures of U.K. stars in the Big Apple over more than 80 years, “Brits On Broadway” aims to give an insight into changing production styles, as well as an entertaining collection of pictures in their own right. Meanwhile, the National’s exhibition will run from June 24 to Aug. 13. Focussing on his work related to movies, “The Film Art of Al Hirschfeld” is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will be displayed at the Lyttleton Circle Foyer. It will feature more than 50 drawings, paintings, posters and movie ephemera, with a special emphasis on Hirschfeld’s interpretation of British performers and film-makers.

Al Hirschfeld was one of America’s foremost illustrators. His celebrity caricatures appeared in The New York Times for decades. He died in 2003 at the age of 99; Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre was renamed the Hirschfeld in his honor.

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