Making Faces: Portraits By John Kascht

Exhibition on view September 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Opening Reception September 22, 2019: John Kascht in conversation with Pete Docter

"John Kascht has the rare and unique gift of not only being an amazing artist, but of somehow being able to capture the soul of a person in a drawing."

Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer Pixar Animation Studios, Academy Award-winning director of Monsters, Inc., UP, and Inside Out

San Francisco, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to present MAKING FACES: Portraits by John Kascht, a retrospective featuring more than 60 original portraits by one of America’s most incisive and celebrated caricature artists. MAKING FACES is a retrospective of drawings and paintings by caricature artist John Kascht, whose irreverent work turns the leisurely pastime of people-watching into an Xtreme sport. The show draws from a large body of work created during Kascht’s 35-year career as an illustrator. 

The exhibition features satirical portraits of notable figures, with subjects of interest to moviegoers, music lovers, pop-culture geeks, history buffs, political junkies and even people who hate art shows. 

With its star-studded content and wry humor, MAKING FACES entertains. The show also offers a thought-provoking look at the serious intent behind the funny pictures: 

• how we perceive ourselves and others 

• what’s involved in capturing a likeness 

• how outward appearances reveal interior realities 

• the public facades that shape our view of celebrity and political subjects 

• the use of satirical art for entertainment and for protest 

Visitors to the show are sure to leave smiling and it’s likely they won’t look at faces—or the mirror—the same way again. 

MAKING FACES: Portraits by John Kascht is on display at the Cartoon Art Museum from September 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019, and will feature Kascht in conversation with Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. Advance tickets for this event may be purchased online:



John Kascht's satirical drawings have appeared on book covers, billboards, Broadway marquees and more than a few cocktail napkins. His clients include The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, LIFE, The Los Angeles Times, Golf Digest, Forbes, TV Guide, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, The Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, W, Vibe, Oprah, Glamour, US News and World Report, and MAD magazine.

In recent years Kascht has produced multimedia features for websites and digital publications, adding another dimension to his trademark examinations of political and celebrity culture.

Kascht's art has been the subject of documentary segments for the Smithsonian, public television, and the Discovery Channel. Two dozen of his works are in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.