CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- An exhibit of original artwork by artist Abe Birnbaum for The New Yorker magazine is on display through Jan. 31, at Ralph and Dave's Restaurant in Cortlandt.
On exhibit are 32 small- and mid-sized original New Yorker interior spots and six preliminary paintings for original New Yorker covers, four of which became published covers. All of the interior spots displayed were published in The New Yorker from the early-1940's through the mid-1960's.
The artwork is on exhibit in two dining rooms of the Verplanck riverfront eatery. The Birnbaum family hopes to expose new generations to Abe Birnbaum and his prolific, carefree and often-humorous artwork.
Birnbaum, (1899-1966), lived in Croton-on-Hudson, He was a painter, illustrator and cartoonist. In addition to The New Yorker, his artwork and caricatures appeared in Stage magazine and many other newspapers, periodicals and studios.
Birnbaum is best known for his work with The New Yorker magazine. He painted close to 140 covers for the magazine from the 1940's through the 1960's, and illustrated nearly 500 black-and-white drawings and paintings for the interior of the magazine from the 1930's through the 1970's.
Additionally, he illustrated many books including one children's book, which he wrote.
He and his wife, Freida, lived in Croton-on-Hudson with their many cats. His work for The New Yorker has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S.
Ralph and Dave's Restaurant is at 7 Riverview Ave., Cortlandt.
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