Edward Koren: The Capricious Line

June 25, 2016 - September 18, 2016

This exhibition celebrates the career of Edward Koren (born 1935)–renowned cartoonist, graphic satirist, and long-standing contributor to The New Yorker. Through approximately 50 original pen-and-ink, watercolor, and pencil cartoons–on tour for the first time–Koren deftly articulates the neuroses of contemporary society with his distinctive drawing style, relatable characters, and wry criticism. The Capricious Line not only highlights the accomplishments of this master cartoonist but also asserts his status as an artist. These innovative illustrations demonstrate the psychological, philosophical, and comical talents of Koren’s pen. The exhibition complements the Museum’s extensive holdings of American illustration from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, on view in the permanent collection galleries.

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Exhibition-Related Events

Sketch It! Critters from the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Jul 14 and Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Film Screening– Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists (2015, 83 minutes)
Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm

Artist Talk and Book Signing with Edward Koren
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bitter Homes & Gardens presented by The Bearded Ladies
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm

Performance by The New Yorker Cartoonist Emily Flake
Sept 15 @ 6:30 p.m.


The Capricious LinePaperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University (June 25, 2010)

Edward Koren is best known for his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker magazine. This book explores the full range of the art he has produced during the past five decades: original drawings for cartoons and illustrated books as well as prints and posters. A variety of finished drawings are included–figures that emerged from the commedia dell’arte, fanciful beasts that might occupy a diorama in the American Museum of Natural History, cyclists pedaling through cities and countryside–all documenting the inventive play of the artist’s imagination through the motion of his pen or pencil.


Edward Koren: The Capricious Line is curated by Diane Fane and David Rosand, developed by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, New York, and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

In Delaware, this exhibition is made possible by the Hallie Tybout Exhibit Fund.

Supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

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