The Times continued to print a special section on the new season through 1984, with Hirschfeld panoplies of portraits from the performing arts on the covers of all of them. Two of these works were considered so special that they were published as hand signed, limited edition prints in 1983 and 1984. After a two-year hiatus, in 1987 the section came back, but this time as a magazine section, but still with Hirschfeld performing arts panoramas. In 1989, his cover of the section became his first color work for the New York Times. He drew it as a black and white work and added splashes of watercolor. It would be another five years before he would do a color painting for an uncoated newspaper page. This new season image contained many performers who were making a return appearance in a Hirschfeld drawing, and several who were making their debuts, including Midori, Emily Lloyd, and Tracey Chapman. Hirschfeld’s friend, artist Alexander Calder, is also included because of a show of his small works at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Hirschfeld put theatre at the top of the work with Tommy Tune directing the new musical, Grand Hotel, and Blair Brown in a new David Hare play, The Secret Rapture. Shirley MacLaine is next in line in a film adaptation of the stage hit, Steel Magnolias.
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