Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Thru August 17
Presented by: Library of Congress
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This exhibition was inspired by original drawings created for distribution in newspapers by Herbert L. Block (1909–2001), who won three Pulitzer Prizes and became known simply as "Herblock." His artistic credentials included early studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and a one-man show in 1950 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. During Herblock's seventy-two-year career, he created incisive editorial cartoons about life-changing events, controversial issues, and public figures. Many of his key themes have also inspired established and upcoming artists in the world of fine art—sparking powerful reflections on society's most urgent concerns that move viewers to think, feel, and, sometimes, take action. Civil rights, gender and women's issues, the environment, health, the impact of war, education, and the role of media are among the challenging, complex topics that drew the enduring attention of Herblock along with generations of other artists.

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