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The "Line King" - Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003)
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"On January 20, 2003, the theater world lost its foremost caricaturist, Albert Hirschfeld. For over three-quarters of a century, his art and New York's "legitimate" theater have been inextricably linked."
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Al Hirschfeld had a long and distinguished career drawing some of the most famous caricatures ever to grace the pages of our great newspapers and magazines. His first caricature was in the "New York Herald Tribune". In which decade did this occur?
"There was a tremendous art and wit in his work, and underneath it all his drawings had tremendous humanity... They weren't vicious. He made them brilliant and provocative but without being destructive - and that's quite a feat," said this well known stage and screen actor who appeared with Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret" (1972).
In 1945, Hirschfeld became a new papa! What is his daughter's name?
Hirschfeld developed his own "shorthand" so that he could take notes and draw his sketches later. He often did that rather than, like most other caricaturists, draw them on the spot. (True/False) The main reason for this was because the theaters were too dark to draw in.
While originally wanting to be a sculptor, Hirschfeld summed up his view on that art form as what?
"Sculpture is a drawing you fall over in the dark."
"You can't fix a mistake on a chunk of marble with a dab of white-out."
"Sculpture is something best left to the ancient Greeks."
"By the time the sculpture is finished, the subject is dead."
Hirschfeld had been working for this venerable newspaper for over twenty years at the time of his death. His caricatures were a source of pleasure every Sunday in Section 2 of this newspaper. Perhaps the slogan atop that section should have read, "All the Caricatures Fit to Print"! Which newspaper is this?
"The Chicago Tribune"
"The New York Times"
"The Los Angeles Times"
"The San Francisco Chronicle"
Which of these books was NOT written, or at least contributed to, by Hirschfeld?
"Westward Ha: Or Around the World in Eighty Clichés"
"Hirschfeld on Line"
These are all Hirschfeld's works
"Hirschfeld's New York"
Looking for the hidden name in his drawings was always one of the things many admirers do upon coming across one of his caricatures. (True/False) The U.S. Military used them to help train bomber pilots to find military targets.
In 1975, Hirschfeld won a very prestigious award for his contribution to the arts. Which award was it?
Antoinette Perry Award
Drama Critic's Circle Award
Susan W. Dryfoos created a documentary on Hirschfeld's life. This film was first shown at the 1997 USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. (True/False) The film's title was "The Line King".
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