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Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Exhibit: The Art of Robert Risko

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017

Comedy

Explore a showcase of work by today’s most celebrated caricaturist, Robert Risko, who has created the caricatures for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain prize since 2002 

Venue

Hall of Nations

Run Time

All Day

About

Explore a showcase of work by today’s most celebrated caricaturist, Robert Risko, who has created the caricatures for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain prize since 2002. Risko began his career by following in the footsteps of his mentor Andy Warhol and moved to New York City from Pittsburgh. He started drawing iconic celebrity portraits in his inimitable graphic style for Warhol’s trendy downtown magazine, Interview. Risko recalls, “New York was a petrie dish of creativity back then, with people like Mapplethorpe and Madonna pushing the envelope. It was an amazing time to be starting out then.”

His style embodies the spirit of the 1930s Vanity Fair caricaturists Miguel Covarrubias and Paolo Garretto, the latter of which he corresponded with until his death in 1989. At age 25, he was chosen by renowned art director Bea Feitler along with Rolling Stone photographer Annie Leibovitz and artist Keith Haring to define the look of the new Vanity Fair when the magazine was relaunched in 1983. He has been a contributor ever since. Risko’s work is published regularly in most major magazines including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Interview. His latest book is Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life (Rodale).

Part of Mark Twain Prize 20th Anniversary Celebration.
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