The denizens of the worlds Edward Koren prolifically creates are so constantly evolving in his drawings that they are truly unique and unforgettable. He bestows human traits and attitudes on his animals, and his humans are frequently hirsute-sometimes very! -and almost always endowed with noses that qualify to be called proboscises. Fantastical creatures abound, seemingly prehistoric and unimaginable to us, but are the sole creations of Koren’s artistic invention. And he places all these characters, his actors, so easily and precisely in the context of the human condition—usually the quotidian, sometimes the profound—that we recognize them as our neighbors, friends, relatives and, indeed, ourselves. In that flash of recognition, we get it. And the "It" makes us smile.



Education

1957
Columbia University, BA
1964
Pratt Institute, MFA painting and printmaking

Awards and Fellowships

1958
Woolley Fellowship, Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris
1972
Golden Plaque at the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia for Behind the Wheel
1973
Prix d'Honneur of the Societe Protectrice de l'Humour, Avignon, France for his contribution to the art of the cartoon
1970-71
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
2003
Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin
1984
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Union College
2007
State of Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts

Solo Exhibitions

1970
Bristol, RI; Bristol Museum
1975, 76, 79, 91
New York, NY; Terry Dintenfass Gallery
1982
Albany, NY; Travelling exhibition originating at SUNY, Albany
2001
Katonah, NY; Katonah Museum of Art
2006
Middlebury, VT; Middlebury College Museum of Art
2010
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery
New York, NY; Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
2015
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery

Group Exhibitions

1973
Avignon, France; Exposition Dessins d'Humeur
Bratislava, Czech Republic; Biennale of Illustration
New York, NY; The Grolier Club
1973, 2004
New York, NY; Art from the New York Times Society of Illustrators
1988
Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Art Alliance
1998
Ridgefield, CT; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 11 From the New Yorker
1992, 94, 99, 2000, 02
Tiverton, RI; Virginia Lynch Gallery
2004
Washington, CT; Washington Art Association, with Hugh Townley
2007-08
New York, NY; Gallery Met, Hansel and Gretel, Metropolitan Opera
2008
Rochester, VT; Big Town Gallery, A Fine Line
2010
New York, NY; Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
2011
Boston, MA; Sherman Gallery at Boston University, Fresh Flowers

2013
The Metro Show Luise Ross Gallery booth, New York, NY

Public Collections

Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Princeton University Museum, Princeton, NJ
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
Library of Congress, Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Washington D.C.

Edward Koren has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1962.