Happy 80th Birthday JULES FEIFFER

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Architecture (detail), 2003 Ink & Watercolor On Paper 16 X 12 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Jean Albano Gallery
Happy 80th Birthday JULES FEIFFER

215 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654
November 6th, 2009 - December 19th, 2009
Opening: November 6th, 2009 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

River North/Near North Side
Tues-Fri 10:30-5; Sat 11-5; by appointment


Jean Albano Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of original artwork by the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York cartoonist, author, playwright, and artist JULES FEIFFER.  The show opens on Friday, November 6, and will run through Saturday, December 19, 2009.  The gallery will host a reception for the artist on November 6, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 215 West Superior Street, Chicago.

This exhibition is a celebration of JULES FEIFFER’S 80th birthday as well as his participation in this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival.  In 2009 alone, Jules has had solo exhibits at the Katzen Museum of Art at American University in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA.  This summer, he served as the Montgomery Fellow Visiting Professor at Dartmouth University and illustrated the book Which Puppy?, which was written by his daughter Kate, about the search for the Obama’s new dog.

JULES FEIFFER is a legendary, multi-dimensional personality whose talent is reflected in his many endeavors, including his beautifully composed and engaging artwork.  He became known for his internationally syndicated cartoon strip, which ran for 40 years in The Village Voice and as a monthly feature in The New York Times.  He is the author of over 35 books, including the children’s books By the Side of the Road, (2002) and I Lost My Bear (1998).  He has written film scripts, among them Popeye (1980) and Carnal Knowledge (1971), and won an Academy Award for Munro (1960), an animated cartoon based on his story.  He has also received Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Writers Guild of America East and the National Cartoonist Society, as well as the Harold Washington Literary Award (2004) for his creative uses of the written word to address issues of contemporary life.  Feiffer won the Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his first full-length play, Little Murders, in 1969.