[Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) & Morini, Erica. (1904–1995) & Sutherland, Joan. (1926–2010) & Rabin, Michael. (1936–1972)] Norkin, Sam. (1917–2011)

Stadium Concerts - Original 1962 Drawing

Original 1962 drawing of Igor Stravinsky, Joan Sutherland, Erica Morini and several other musical figures of 1960's New York, signed by the American illustrator and caricaturist Sam Norkin. The drawing is Norkin's impression of the "Stadium Concerts" of summer 1962 at Lewisohn Stadium, New York City. The featured performers he caricatures include a dominant Stravinsky, the tiara-adorned Joan Sutherland, and violinists Erica Morini and Michael Rabin. We believe the pianist at the right may be Ivan Davis, and the svelte conductor at the top Vladimir Golschmann. Signed by Norkin and dated in pencil at the foot: June 24, 1962. Black and blue ink on card. Some large areas of toned glue remnants. Overall very good. 16.5 x 20 inches (41 x 50 cm).

New York-born cartoonist Samuel Norkin specialized in theater and arts caricatures for more than seven decades. His drawings of theater, opera, ballet and film celebrities appeared in Variety, Backstage, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and many other publications. He is best-known for his long tenure providing theatrical illustrations for the New York Herald Tribune (1940–1956) and covering performing arts for the Daily News (from the 1950's to the 1980's.) His highly engaging drawings have been said to "metaphorically grab the reader-onlooker by the shoulders." Because Norkin would draw the performers in rehearsal, his caricatures often served as an effective advance press for shows as they went on the pre-Broadway circuit. (15273)

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