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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Celebrity Trials

Celebrity trials bring artists into contact with the rich and famous, sometimes at the lowest points in their lives. The resulting drawings offer a vicarious thrill for viewers of these iconic figures as they participate in the real-life drama of the courtroom. The scenes may reveal displays of passion, indifference, or calm. The subject of the trials may be copyright infringement, child custody, or murder. Despite the wide range of reasons that brought the celebrities to court, the drawings have one thing in common—they do not cross the line into caricature. Courtroom artists know that their audience demands a good recognizable likeness, as well as a crystalizing moment frozen in time.