David Schorr

American , 1947 -

David Schorr is an American artist, whose work spans media, including painting, drawing, intaglio printmaking, lithography, and engraving. Lauded for his in-depth and multifaceted projects, Schorr employs historic investigation and collection in his practice. His paintings, drawings, and prints are known for their layered surfaces of objects or figures, and recurring themes include literature, music, and the exploration of the body. Schorr’s print projects include lithographs for his exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Songs with a Dying Fall, with an essay by Paul Monette; My Verdi, a series of color engravings; Unconstraining Voices, a series of 60 engraved portraits; and a suite of intaglio prints made to accompany Norman Shapiro’s translation of Charles Baudelaire’s poems, Les Fleurs du Mal. Born in Chicago, Schorr received his BA from Brown University and later received a BFA and MFA from Yale in 1971. He has been a Fulbright scholar three times, to Italy in 1975, where he worked at the Calcographia Nazionale in Rome, and to India in 1998 and 2001. He served many years as an adjunct professor at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Mary Ryan Gallery has held eight exhibitions of Schorr’s work between 1986 and 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge, MA; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Gallery, Washington, DC; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. Schorr was a regular illustrator of The New Republic’s literary sections, which published more than 300 of his portraits of writers. His work has also been published in prestigious magazines and newspapers, among them New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. Schorr is Professor of Art at Wesleyan University and currently teaches printmaking, drawing, and typography.


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