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Philip Pearlstein

American, b. 1924

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Philip Pearlstein

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American, b. 1924

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Known for his paintings of nudes with almost clinical objectivity, Philip Pearlstein has been scrutinizing the body since the early 1960s, painting it as it is and avoiding idealization. Attuned to art history, Pearlstein is as interested in pattern and composition as he is in the body itself. He creates still life-like, visually complex arrangements by entangling his models with pieces of furniture, colorful rugs and blankets, and an assortment of objects, like a decoy swan or a whirligig. His model of 18 years, Desiree Avarez wrote: “He is fascinated with the beauty of form, and by beauty I mean power. This is a man studying structure and the math of its glamour as deeply as the ancient philosophers. As if understanding the essence of the endoskeleton might uncover the sublime.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Biography

Known for his paintings of nudes with almost clinical objectivity, Philip Pearlstein has been scrutinizing the body since the early 1960s, painting it as it is and avoiding idealization. Attuned to art history, Pearlstein is as interested in pattern and composition as he is in the body itself. He creates still life-like, visually complex arrangements by entangling his models with pieces of furniture, colorful rugs and blankets, and an assortment of objects, like a decoy swan or a whirligig. His model of 18 years, Desiree Avarez wrote: “He is fascinated with the beauty of form, and by beauty I mean power. This is a man studying structure and the math of its glamour as deeply as the ancient philosophers. As if understanding the essence of the endoskeleton might uncover the sublime.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Shows Featuring Philip Pearlstein
Articles Featuring Philip Pearlstein
What It Was Like to Sit for Andy Warhol
May 26th, 2017
What It Was Like to Sit for Andy Warhol
The Friendship and Flight of Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, and Dorothy Cantor
Jun 17th, 2015
The Friendship and Flight of Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, and Dorothy Cantor
Nude Models and Knickknacks: Painter Philip Pearlstein’s Surprising Scenes
Sep 11th, 2014
Nude Models and Knickknacks: Painter Philip Pearlstein’s Surprising Scenes
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