Portrait of an Artist: The Life and Work of Edward Sorel


This major retrospective exhibition explores the life and work of the iconic illustrator, satirist, author, and political cartoonist, Edward Sorel. The twenty-four case exhibition features original material from the Edward Sorel Collection at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, including original artwork, cartoons, correspondence, awards, books, and photographs.

In addition to his more than 40 covers for the The New Yorker, Sorel's art has appeared on the covers of The Atlantic, Harper's, Fortune, Forbes, The Nation, Esquire, American Heritage, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has illustrated numerous children's books, three of which he also wrote. Unauthorized Portraits (Knopf, 1997) is the most recent of several collections of his work. His latest book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. In 2001, the Art Directors Club of New York elected Sorel to their Hall of Fame; he is the first cartoonist since John Held, Jr., to be so honored.

Located in the Richards-Frost Room in the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The exhibition can be viewed Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. 

Edward Sorel