October 22, 2012

On This Date: Fool Moon

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"Bill Irwin is a marvelous mime, a classic clown," said Hirschfeld. "I love to draw him as much as I did Zero Mostel. I like that kind of explosive actor." Irwin clowns with fellow "New Vaudevillian" David Shiner in their slapstick Fool Moon. Accompanied by The Red Clay Ramblers, the duo never said a word on stage, inventing their own body language which Hirschfeld translated into pen and ink.

This drawing appeared on this date seventeen years ago in the Sunday New York Times. It has been exhibited around the world in a Hirschfeld retrospective that traveled for sevral years beginning in 1998.

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