Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mort Gerberg has been making art since he was a child. Through a combination of artistic talent and intuitive wit, he has become one of the finest—and funniest—cartoonists of his generation.
Throughout his distinguished career stretching from the 1940s to today, Gerberg’s work has touched on issues ranging from women’s rights to social consciousness and from music to politics to sports. At times his work is commentary, at other times it is reporting. He chronicles American history as he sees it. Gerberg works across many platforms, including the comic strip, the single panel cartoon, magazine spreads, and television. Most recently he has developed a presence in the digital world as well. His work has appeared in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, The New Yorker, Playboy, Saturday Evening Post, and the Huffington Post. He has illustrated more than forty books for adults and children. In short, Gerberg’s voice has been heard across media, across generations, and across the country.
The first major museum presentation of Gerberg’s work, this exhibition is curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, at the New-York Historical Society.
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An illustrated companion book accompanies the exhibition. It documents the career of one of the legends of 20th century cartooning, including sketches of historic scenes like the fiery Women’s Marches of the ’60s and the infamous ’68 Democratic National Convention. This handsome edition collects Gerberg’s magazine cartoons, sketchbook drawings, and on-the-scene reportage sketches.