Richard Bernstein (artist)

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Richard Bernstein
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Richard Fredrick Bernstein

(1939-10-31)October 31, 1939
DiedOctober 18, 2002(2002-10-18) (aged 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathComplications from AIDS
Resting placeMount Ararat Cemetery
Alma materPratt Institute (BFA)
Columbia University (MFA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Richard Frederick 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]

Early life and education[edit]

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 a 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]


On October 18, 2002, Bernstein died of complications of AIDS at his apartment at the Hotel Chelsea, where he had lived since the early 1960s, at the age of 62.[3] He is buried in Mount Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.[4] Bernstein was survived by his brother and sister and companion, Toby Rabiner.[3]

Museum collections[edit]


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

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