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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Robert Grossman on His Work.

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Robert Grossman on His Work.

The Bark Room, Room M104, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

Grossman will discuss his work as an illustrator and cartoonist from the 1960s to the present, and show examples that may possibly amuse an audience.

Robert Grossman was born in New York City in 1940. His father Joseph was a display artist who gave Robert his earliest training and sent him to Saturday morning art classes at the Museum of Modern Art. After attending public schools in Brooklyn he went to Yale where he was the editor of the Yale Record (“America’s Oldest College Humor Magazine”) and graduated with a B.A. in fine art in 1961.

After a brief stint as an assistant to New Yorker art director James Geraghty, Grossman launched himself as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, his work featuring caricature and a satiric outlook. Early clients included Esquire and the New York Herald Tribune.

He has done cover illustrations for more than 500 issues of national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic. Today his work can be seen frequently in The Nation, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The New York Observer. Examples of his recent work may be seen at and his web site features a comic strip history of the 2008 presidential election.

He was nominated for a 1978 Academy Award for a brief animated film entitled Jimmy The C, and during the 1980’s produced a number of animated television commercials. In 1979 he had a one-man show at the Vontobel Gallery in Zurich. His sculpture and paintings in oils have been widely exhibited in several group shows.

Grossman’s home and studio are in New York’s Soho district. He is twice divorced, with four children – Michael, a painter, Alex, an actor, Leila, a photographer, Annie, a writer — and four grandchildren. Grossman’s longtime companion is Elaine Louie, assistant to the editor of the Style Department of the New York Times, and the author of over a dozen books on food and design.

Presented by The New School's Parsons School of Design. 

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