Philip Pearlstein, ‘Model on Cast Iron Bed with Weathervane Airplane, #2’, 2005, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Biography

1924
May 24: Born to David and Libby Kalser Pearlstein in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1941
May-June: Wins first prize with Merry-Go-Round and third prize with Wylie Avenue Barber Shop in Scholastic Magazine's 14th National High School Art Exhibition. Reginald Marsh serves as juror for the exhibition.
June: Merry-Go-Round and Wylie Avenue Barber Shop reproduced in Life magazine, June 16 1941

1942
May-June: Wins first prize with Family Picnic in Scholastic Magazine's 15th National High School Art Exhibition.
June: Graduates from Taylor Allderice High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fall: Enrolls in Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1943
May: Drafted. After basic Infantry training in Camp McClellan, Alabama, he serves six months in Training Aids Unit in Camp Blanding, Florida where he picks up skills in layout, drafting, lettering and printing.

1944
October: Serves in infantry near Naples Italy

1945
Stationed near Rome and Florence.
Post war army stationed near Pisa, becomes skilled sign painter to fill army's needs.

1946
May: Discharged from army. Returns to the United States and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Spring: Becomes assistant to Robert Lepper, head of the Design Program at Carnegie Institute of Technology, at the firm of Altenhof and Bown, Architects. Designs catalogs for building products through spring, 1949.
Fall: Enrolls as sophomore at Carnegie Institute of Technology. Studies with Robert Lepper, Balcomb Green, and Samuel Rosenberg.
Meets Dorothy Cantor, George Klauber, and Andy Warhol (Warhola), fellow students at Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Serves as art editor of the Carnegie Technical, the student publication of the Engineering School, through 1949.

1949
June: Graduates from Carnegie Institute of Technology with B.F.A.
Summer: Moves to New York City and lives on St. Mark's Place with Andy Warhol. Later the move to West 21st Street.
Fall: Works with graphic designer Ladislav Sutnar in design and production of catalogs of plumbing fixtures and ventilators. Continues with Sutnar for eight years.

1950
March: Moves to own apartment on East 25th Street.
August 20: Marries Dorothy Cantor and moves to 80th Street and 2nd Avenue.
Fall: Begins graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Studies with Karl Lehmann, Craig Smith and Jose Lopez-Rey.
Introduced to The Club, and attends until it disbands in the early sixties.

1952
May-June: Moves to 24 East 4th Street.
Summer: Travels through the western United States. Visits the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest, begins paintings of rocks.
December: Painting included in a group at the Tanager Gallery, an early cooperative gallery in New York City.

1954
January: Clement Greenberg selects Pearlstein to be in "Emerging Talent" show at Kootz Gallery, New York. Torso is shown. Show includes Herman Cherry, Paul Freeley, Paul Georges, Cornelia Langer, Saul Leiter, Morris Louis, Anthony Louvis, Sue Mitchell, Kenneth Noland, and Theophil Groell (Repke).
Fall: Moves to Avenue A between 11th and 12th Streets. Joins Tanager Gallery

1955
January-February: First one man exhibit at Tanager Gallery.
June: Receives M.A. in Art History from Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Thesis on Francis Picabia with Jose Lopez-Rey and H.W. Janson as advisors.
Summer: Spent at Montauk, Long Island

1956
January: Publishes "The Symbolic Language of Francis Picabia", in Arts Magazine.
February-March: First one man exhibition at Peridot Gallery, New York.
Summer: Spent on Deer Isle, Maine, and Mercedes Matter's suggestion and draws boulders and uprooted trees to serve as the basis for later paintings.

1957
March: Participates with Sidney Gordon, William Kienbush, Pat Passloff and Ludwig Sander in panel discussion, "The Artist's Involvement with Nature," at The Club, New York.
Summer: Begins work doing layout for Life.
October 25: Son, William, is born.

1958
Winter: Joins drawing group meeting in Robert Ludwig's studio. Group also includes Charles Cajori and Mercedes Matter.
Fall: Takes leave of absence from Life.
September: Receives Fulbright Grant for Painting in Italy. Travels to Rome, Florence, Venice, Amalfi Coast and Sicily as well as Switzerland, France and The Netherlands. Paints Landscapes.

1959
August: Returns from Italy
Fall: Rejoins drawing group including at various times during the following thirteen years: Ann Arnold, Rudolph Burkhardt, Charles Cajori, Gretna Campbell, Lois Dodd, Louis Finkelstein, Joe Fiore, Sideo and Nora Fromboluti, Mary Frank, Stephen Greene, Theophil Groell (Repke), Philip Guston, Yvonne Jacquette, Diana Kurtz, Alex Katz, Gabriel Laberman, Mercedes Matter, George McNeil, Sidney Tillim, Jack Tworkov and William White. Meets initially in Mercedes Matter's studio. Continues to meet with group at various locations, including his own studio through 1972.
September: Becomes Instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Continues at Pratt through May, 1963.

1960
September: One man exhibition of paintings and drawings at Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
Shares studio, first with Lois Dodd, then with Lester Johnson.

1961
April 2. Daughter, Julia, is born.
April: One man exhibition, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York.
Summer: Publishes "Futurism and Some Other Corrupt Forms" in Art News .
Moves to West 89th Street between West End and Riverside Drive.

1962
Visiting Critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
January: Participates with Leland Bell, Charles Cajori, Paul Georges and Loius Finkelstein in panel discussion, "Painting the Figure," at The Club, New York.
January-February: Exhibits first figure painting, Models in the Studio (1962), at 10th and Final Year Group Show at Tanager Gallery.
Begins painting directly from the model with Reclining Nude.
June: First show of figurative work-brush drawings at Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York. Works purchased by Raphael Soyer, John Koch, and Hilton Kramer.
Summer: Publishes "Figure Paintings Today Are Not Made in Heaven" in Art News.

1963
March: First show of figure paintings at Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York.
March 31: Daughter, Ellen, is born.
September: Joins faculty at Brooklyn College, New York, as assistant professor.

1964
Publishes "Whose Painting Is It Anyway?" in Arts Yearbook 7.

1965
Spring: Moves to West 88th Street.
August: Becomes Visiting Artist and lecturer at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

1967
February: Publishes "The Romantic Self Image is Gone" in Barbara Rose and Irving Sandler, "Senseibility of the Sixties," Art in America.
Begins attending Friday night discussion group organized by Alliance of Figurative Artists. Attends through 1976.
June-August: Visits Skowhegan School of Painting and Scultpture, Maine as Guest Artist and Lecturer.

1968
January: Becomes Associate Professor, Brooklyn College, New York.
Recieves National Endowment for the Arts grant.

1969
June-August: Becomes resident faculty member, Boston University summer art program, Tanglewood, Massachusetts.
Receives John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant.

1970
Winter: Briefly travels to Rome and Athens.
September: Retrospective organized by Georgia Museum of Art, Athens Georgia, opens. Travels through 1971 to the Wichita Art Museum and Vassar College.
September: Publishes "Hello and Goodbye, Francis Picabia," in Art News.

1971
Summer: Travels in Mexico
August: Publishes "Why I Paint the Way I Do" in The New York Times, August 8.

1972
Becomes full Professor, Brooklyn College, New York.
June: Exhibition of drawings, prints, and watercolors opens at Staatliche Museen, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin. Exhibition travels to Kunstverein in Hamburg.
Summer: Travels to Germany, France, and Italy.

1973
Receives American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters award.
Summer: Travels to Italy and paints on Amalfi coast.

1974
Summer: Travels to the southwestern United States to prepare work for the Department of the Interior Bicentennial Exhibition.
Retrospective of prints and drawings opens at Finch College and travels through 1975 to the University of Texas at Austin, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan; Notre Dame University, Indiana; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan; Tampa Nay Art Center, Florida; Miami Art Center, Florida.

1975
Summer: Returns to southwest and finishes Canyon de Chelly painting.

1976
Summer: Returns to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

1977
Made Distinguished Professor, Brooklyn College, New York.

1978
February: Leads College Art Association panel on "The Conceptualization of Realism," New York. Panelists include Rackstraw Downes, Ben Schonzeit, Sylvia Plimpton Mangold, Chuck Close, and George Segal.
Exhibition of complete lithographs and etchings opens at Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri. Travels extensively.
Winter: Travels to Peru and completes two watercolors.
Fall: Travels to southwest. Serves as Visiting Artist at Navajo Community College, Tselei, Arizona.

1979
Winter: Travels to Egypt and completes three watercolors.

1982
Spring: Serves as Artist in Residence, American Academy of Art, Rome.

1988
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

2003-06
President, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

The artist lives and works in New York City

Solo Exhibitions
2017
Facing You, Betty Cuningham Gallery, NY, NY, May 5, 2017 — June 30, 2017
Philip Pearlstein: Seventy-Five Years of Painting, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, February 11, 2017 — May 21, 2017
2016
G.I. Pearlstein WWII Captured on Paper, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, September 14 - October 15

2014
Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, May 8 - June 20
Pearlstein at 90, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL, April 4 - May 31
Philip Pearlstein: Six Paintings, Six Decades, National Academy Museum, New York, NY, Feb. 27 - May 11th
Philip Pearlstein: Just the Facts, 50 Years of Looking and Drawing and Painting, New York Studio School, New York, NY, Jan. 16 - Feb. 22

2013
Philip Pearlstein’s People, Places, Things, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, March 2 – June 16
Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, February 21 – March 30

2011
Philip Pearlstein: Recent Paintings, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX, Oct. 29 – Dec. 10.
Philip Pearlstein, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, Oct. 20 – Nov. 18
Philip Pearlstein: Oevres Récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France, Feb. 26 – April 9

2010
Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, Nov. 4 – Dec. 18
Philip Pearlstein: Paintings and Watercolors (1990-2008). Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI, Oct. 1 – Nov. 27

2009-10
Pearlstein/Held, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, Nov. 19 – Feb. 13, 2010

2009
Philip Pearlstein: Recent Works, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT, Sept. 25–Nov. 24

2008-09
Philip Pearlstein: Objectifications, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, Oct. 19 – Feb. 1

2008
Philip Pearlstein, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK, September
Philip Pearlstein: Early Paintings and Drawings, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 5 – Oct. 18
Philip Pearlstein: Then and Now, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, June 26 – August 6
Philip Pearlstein, Paintings and Watercolors, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, February 2 – 27

2007
Philip Pearlstein, Paintings, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, Dec. 6 – Dec. 29
Philip Pearlstein: Paintings and Watercolors 1990 – 2007, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, Oct. 16 – Dec. 8
Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, March 29 – April 28
Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France, March 3 – April 7

2006-08
Philip Pearlstein, The Dispassionate Body, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, March 23 – Oct. 15; travels to: James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, Sept. 15 – January 6, 2008
Philip Pearlstein, American Master. Paintings, watercolors and studio objects, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA, January 25 – April 23

2005
Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, September 15 – October 22
Century Masters: Philip Pearlstein, The Century Association, New York, NY, April 21 – June 2
Philip Pearlstein, Exhibition of Prints, Oregon State University, Gallery at Fairbanks Hall, Corvallis, OR, February
An Economy of Specific Bodies and Particular Objects: Philip Pearlstein Drawings, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, January 7 – May 1

2004
Philip Pearlstein, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Haas, Zurich, Switzerland
Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany Philip Pearlstein, Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO

2003
Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin, Germany

2002
Philip Pearlstein / Recent Works, The Art Gallery, University of Haifa, Israel

2001
Philip Pearlstein, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Complex Relationships, Colaciello Gallery, The Robert & Mary Montgomery Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland

1998-99
Philip Pearlstein: World War II Paintings, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

1998
Philip Pearlstein, Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Art Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1997-98
Philip Pearlstein: Nudi in interni, Il Polittico, Associazione d’Arte e Cultura, Rome, Italy

1997
Philip Pearlstein: Recent Work, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1996
Philip Pearlstein, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
Philip Pearlstein: Portraits: 1946 – 1996, Robert Miller Gallery, NY
Philip Pearlstein: Selected Works, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

1995-96
Philip Pearlstein Retrospective Exhibition: Works on Paper 1959-1994, organized and curated by
Michael Berger, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, PA

1995
The Graphic Works of Philip Pearlstein, 1978-1994, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Philip Pearlstein: New Paintings, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1994
Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI (print exhibition)

1993
Recent Watercolors and Drawings, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY
Three Decades of Prints by Philip Pearlstein, Mayer Gallery, Elvejem Museum of Art, Madison, WI

1992
Philip Pearlstein, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY
The Abstract Landscapes and Other Early Works on Paper, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1991
Philip Pearlstein, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein Selected Prints 1972-1989, Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein, CompassRose Gallery, Chicago, IL

1990
Philip Pearlstein Prints, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989
Philip Pearlstein: Works on Paper, Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
Philip Pearlstein: Trials of the Sphinx, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1988
Philip Pearlstein, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY

1987
Philip Pearlstein: Artist and Educator, Northern Illinois University, Art Gallery in Chicago, Chicago, IL
Philip Pearlstein, Recent Drawings, Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Philip Pearlstein: Visiting Artist, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

1986
Philip Pearlstein: Personal Selections, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Philip Pearlstein: Works on Paper, The Palace Theatre of the Arts, Stamford, CT
Philip Pearlstein: Works on Paper, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Philip Pearlstein, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

1985
Philip Pearlstein, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein: Prints and Watercolors: Nudes and Landscapes, Graphics I and II, Boston, MA

1984
Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Landscapes and Ruins, Marsh Gallery, Richmond University, Richmond, VA

1983-84
Watercolors and Prints, The American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
Philip Pearlstein: Paintings to Watercolors, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

1983-84
Philip Pearlstein: A Retrospective, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, (April 15 – June 19); The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, July 14 – September 15; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, December 15 – February 26; Toledo Museum, Toledo, OH, March 18 – April 29
Hebrew Union College, New York, NY

1983
Grandi Nudi, Acquarelli –Stampi, Il Ponte Galleria, Rome, Italy
Philip Pearlstein: Prints and Watercolors (in honor of his retrospective at the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute), Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1982
Philip Pearlstein, New Paintings, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein: A Painter's Progress, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
Philip Pearlstein: Watercolors, Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI

1981
Philip Pearlstein: Landscape Aquatints 1978-1980, Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein: Paintings and Watercolors (traveling exhibition), John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
Philip Pearlstein: Drawings and Watercolors, Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, VA
Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Memorial Union Art Gallery, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA
Graphics I and II, Boston, MA

1980
Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Philip Pearlstein/New Watercolors, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
Associate American Artists, New York, NY

1979
Galerie Jollenbeck, Cologne, Germany Gimpel Fils, London, United Kingdom
Philip Pearlstein: Prints, Drawings and Paintings, Davidson Art Center, Center for the Arts Galleries, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Reed College Gallery, Portland, OR

1978-79
Harkus Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
The Lithographs and Etchings of Philip Pearlstein, (traveling exhibition), Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

1978
The Complete Prints of Philip Pearlstein and Philip Pearlstein Drawings, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
Graphic Art of Philip Pearlstein, Kamp Gallery and Signer Fine Prints, St. Louis, MO

1978
Philip Pearlstein: Prints from St. Louis Collections, University of Missouri, Saint Louis, MO

1977
Philip Pearlstein, Watercolors and Drawings, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1976
Barbara Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC
Pearlstein Portraits: 1972-75 and Selected Studio Works, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

1975
Philip Pearlstein: The Human Figure, Gimpel Fils, London, United Kingdom
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Marianne Friedland Gallery, Toronto, Canada
John Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1974-78
The Pearlstein Show (traveling exhibition), Landfall Press Gallery, Chicago, IL

1974-75
Finch College, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)

1973
Editions La Tortue, Paris, France

1972-73
Philip Pearlstein: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

1972
Philip Pearlstein. Zeichnungen und Aquarelle die Druckgraphik (traveling exhibition), Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany

1971-72
Galerie M.E. Thelen, Cologne, Germany (traveling exhibition),

1971
Graphics I and II Gallery, Boston, MA

1970-71
Philip Pearlstein (traveling exhibition), Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

1970
Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1969
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Philip Pearlstein and the Figure, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Philip Pearlstein. New Paintings, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1968
Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

1967
Laura Knott Gallery, Dorothy Bell Study Center, Bradford Junior College, Bradford, MA
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1966
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL Ceeje Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

1965
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ceeje Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
Reed College Gallery, Portland, OR

1964
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1963
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1962
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1961
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY

1960
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1959
Philip Pearlstein, Paintings and Drawings, Peridot Gallery, New York, NY
Philip Pearlstein, Drawings, Tanager Gallery, New York, NY 1957 Peridot Gallery, New York, NY

1956
Peridot Gallery, New York, NY

1955
Philip Pearlstein, Paintings. Tanager Gallery, New York, NY

About Philip Pearlstein

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.”

American, b. 1924, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

Fair History on Artsy

2013
Hill Gallery at The Armory Show 2013