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Richard Bernstein (artist)

Richard Bernstein (October 31, 1939 - October 18, 2002) was an American artist associated with Pop art and the circle of Andy Warhol. For nearly 20 years he was the cover artist for Interview Magazine.[1]

Richard Bernstein
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Born Richard Fredrick Bernstein
(1939-10-31)October 31, 1939
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died October 18, 2002(2002-10-18) (aged 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Pratt Institute (BFA)
Columbia University (MFA)
Occupation Artist


Early life and educationEdit

Bernstein was born on October 31, 1939, in New York City to a family with an older brother, David and younger sister, Ellen. His father, Herbert Bernstein, was a clothing manufacturer and his mother, Florence, was a homemaker. His mother first took him to the Museum of Modern Art children's school, where he saw works by Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and other artists. Bernstein received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Pratt Institute and M.F.A. from Columbia University, studying with Richard Lindner.[2]


Bernstein's first exhibition was at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris. His work was also presented at the Axiom Gallery in London, the Gallery Barozzi in Venice, the Gallery Monet in Amsterdam, and the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City. His works are in several museum collections, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Stejdlik Museum, Amsterdam, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.[3]

In the early 1960s, he moved into the Hotel Chelsea, where he lived until his death in 2002. In the late 1960s, he met Andy Warhol whom had became an admirer of Richard Bernstein's art work. In 1972, he was hired by Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine and became part of the Warhol millieu and the nightlife scene at venues such as Max's Kansas City and Studio 54.[4] Bernstein was commissioned by the World Federation of United Nations to create a UN postage stamp in 1990.[5]

In the introduction to Megastar, a 1984 compilation of Bernstein's Interview covers, Paloma Picasso observed, "Richard Bernstein portrays stars. He celebrates their faces, he gives them larger-than-fiction size. He puts wit into the beauties, fantasy into the rich, depth into the glamorous and adds instant patina to newcomers."[3][6]

Bernstein died October 18, 2002.

Museum collectionsEdit


  1. ^ "Paper Pursuits: fashion and design print collectibles -- Vintage Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Couturier Patterns, Fashion Ads and Books". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Richard Bernstein Art - Pop Art Genius in the Warhol Factory". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Richard Bernstein, 62; Created Covers for Interview Magazine". The New York Times. 2 November 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Richard Bernstein, 1939–2002". 4 November 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ "World Federation of United Nations Associations - WFUNA". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Richard; Talley, André Leon (1984). Megastar. New York: Indigo Books. ISBN 9780394623054.