Al Hirschfeld (1903– 2003), who studied at the Art Students League under Eugene C. Fitsch, brought a new set of visual conventions to the task of performance portraiture. His signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication and was as much a part of the cultural landscape as the individuals it depicted. The Line King’s Library: Al Hirschfeld at the New York Public Library presents the largest exhibition of Al Hirschfeld’s artwork and archival material from the collection of the Library for Performing Arts. On display through January 4, 2014, the free, multimedia exhibition celebrates the Al Hirschfeld Foundation’s latest gift of Hirschfeld papers and objects to the Library, and commemorates the 110th anniversary of his birth. Among the artwork included are a selection of Hirschfeld’s signature black and white drawings and prints, rare examples of his stunning works in color, and an array of his Broadway posters.
A 1956 theater poster for My Fair Lady
Jason Robards in this signature role in The Iceman Cometh is featured in The Line King’s Library.
Hirschfeld captured Leonard Bernstein doing his usual multi-tasking, which can be seen in The Line King’s Library.
Al Hirschfeld, Rhythm Series – Pas De Deux. Lithograph, 1970.