Stories

Louis in the Sky with Diamonds: LOU and LSD

A flagpole penis. A shrink’s couch in a pocket. A haloed spider. Did LSD lead Lou Hirshman to abandon caricaturizing the famous? Was his second period a psychedelic trip? Did he make high art or “high” art? In this  FICTIONAL, TONGUE-IN-CHEEK  story, Hirshman swims with dolphins to the other side of the other ocean.

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OF GROUCHO, THE HUMERUS AND A PENIS

In this second Posthumous Interview, more than 30 years after Lou Hirshman’s death, the irreverent comedian Groucho Marx – the subject of one of Hirshman’s finest pieces parodying one of filmdom’s funniest entertainers – comes to life as he banters his way through the artist’s take on humor. Groucho’s quirky quips meet Hirshman’s witty art. […]

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THE SLAPPING BALLERINA WHO WASN’T HITLER

INTRO: In 1938 when Catherine Littlefield, the force behind the Philadelphia Ballet, got wind that Lou Hirshman had done her in an unflattering caricature, she hunted him down, tore up the sketch and gave him a resounding slap. She also gave the press something to write about. The star of the show? Hirshman’s sore cheek. […]

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LOU HIRSHMAN and his home away from home

In the late-1940s, Lou Hirshman, once a student at the precursor of the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, became one of its teachers – and later its faculty director. We reprint a Fleisher blog post, in which the revered art school, administered by the city’s Museum of Art, rediscovers one of its own. […]

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THE SOPHISTICATED JUNK COLLECTOR

Upon entering Lou Hirshman’s Philadelphia row house in the mid-1970s, a first-time guest was bemused by the livingroom walls where several artworks hung. He had heard Hirshman was a local artist of note – but not specifically of caricatures and collages fashioned out of everyday objects: Albert Einstein with a wild mop of hair; duelers […]

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