Celebrating the line:
Outstanding Illustrators, Designers and Cartoonists
Of The Art Students League of New York

October 10–November 7, 2012
At the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
Curated by Pamela N. Koob

This October the Art Students League of New York brings together the work of 60 prominent alumni in the exhibition Celebrating the Line: Outstanding Illustrators, Designers and Cartoonists of The Art Students League of New York.

The League is well known as a training ground of many of America’s greatest painters and sculptors. But alumni have also made their marks in popular culture through movie posters, logos, book and magazine illustration, cartoons, fashion, stained glass, caricatures, animation, set design, and even typefaces. Celebrating the Line honors the work of these creators.

“The League’s heritage of educating those who would go on to become this country’s great visual storytellers and image-makers is one the League takes great pride in,” says League Executive Director Ira Goldberg.

Curator Koob adds, “From Rockwell Kent’s dramatic illustrations to Al Hirschfeld’s spot-on caricatures,  Celebrating the Line looks for the first time at a remarkable group of men and women who have made viewers laugh, fired their imaginations and given form to the heroes and heroines of several generations.”

Will Eisner (1917-2005) “P’Gell,” 1947; Splash page to The Spirit, May 25, 1947
Pen, brush and ink on Bristol board. Collection of Denis Kitchen;

Below, left to right:

James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) Untitled, n.d.; Caption: “He was in a singularly vindictive temper.”
Pen and ink. Gift of Raymond Everett Kinstler, The Art Students League of New York

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, 2002;
Lithograph. Gift of Louise Hirschfeld Cullman, The Art Students League of New York

Hildreth Meière (1892-1961)“Song”, exterior decoration on Radio City Music Hall, 1932,
Enameled metal. Collection of Hildreth Meière Dunn (Drawing will appear in the exhibition.


Drawing from the League’s archives and private collections, Celebrating the Line includes works from this colorful
and illustrious group of artists, all of whom studied or taught at League:
Peggy Bacon
Saul Bass
Louis Bosa
Bonnie Cashin
Charles Chapman
Howard Chandler Christy
Dean Cornwell
Arthur Wesley Dow
Frank Vincent DuMond
Walter Jack Duncan
Harvey Dunn
Will Eisner
Joe Eula
Charles Buckles Falls
Jack Faragasso
Jules Feiffer
James Montgomery Flagg
Max Fleischer
Thomas Fogarty
Dana Fradon
Ramona Fradon
Charles Dana Gibson
John A. Groth
Irwin Hasen
Al Hirschfeld
Jack Kamen
Rockwell Kent
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Alex Kotzky
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Joseph Low
Dora Mathieu
Earl Mayan
Hildreth Meière
Jo Mielziner
Joseph Mirachi
Wallace Morgan
John Cullen Murphy
Bob Peak
Edward Penfield
Joseph Pennell
May Wilson Preston
Ray Prohaska
Frank Reilly
Howard Pyle
Boardman Robinson
Norman Rockwell
Josef Rubinstein
Ann Schabbehar
John Schoenherr
Maurice Sendak
Everett Shinn
John Sloan
Otto Soglow
Albert Sterner
Arthur Suydam
Oldrich Teply
Art Young


 Here are a just a few of the exhibition’s highlights:

  • A video collection of title sequences by Saul Bass, who was the first to recognize the artistic potential of the opening and closing credits of a film
  • Will Eisner’s 1947 pen and ink drawing of “P’Gell,” the curvaceous nemesis of  “The Spirit” in his comic strip of the same name
  • Norman Rockwell’s portrait of actor Charles Coburn
  • Jules Feiffer’s elegant drawing Top Hat, White Tie and Tails 
  • A sketch of the set for Silk Stockings by famed set designer Jo Mielziner
  • Three fashion sketches by designer Bonnie Cashin
  • Early twentieth century literary illustrations by giants in that field including Howard Pyle, Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn, and Rockwell Kent

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