Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the exhibition "Philip Pearlstein:
Paintings From the 60's" from April 7 through April 30. A
master of contemporary realism and figurative art, the exhibition
will focus on several pivotal, large paintings from the 1960's when
the artist began to paint monumental nudes in studio settings.
Pearlstein's visual vocabulary has remained
steadfast since the 1960's "when - deliberately provoking avant-garde
taboo - he started to paint nudes, from life, in elaborate studio set-ups.
He brought a ruthless modernity to a time-honored (and dishonored) academic
practice. Unexpressive touch, stylized cropping and foreshortening,
and awkward, affectless poses became his instantly recognizable trademarks."1
Included in the exhibition is the painting "Two Nudes with Back
of Painting," 1965, where the back of a seated nude is shown facing
a standing, cropped nude whose hands are resting on the back of a painting
facing the wall. In this work, Pearlstein's audacious and emblematic
composition with its cropping, the foreshortening of the figures and
space, and the raking reflections of light in the artist's studio magnify
the intensity, mystery, and unease in this existentialist vignette.
Philip Pearlstein's work is included in
the permanent collections of museums around the world, among them The
Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney
Museum of American Art and The Carnegie Institute.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00
- 5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold