Philip Pearlstein  (American, 1924) 

Philip Pearlstein (American, b.1924) is a prominent member of the Contemporary American school of Realist painting. Born in Pittsburgh, he attended art classes at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and received a Master’s degree in art history from New York University, while briefly rooming with Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Pearlstein worked as a graphic designer for Life Magazine before becoming an instructor at the Pratt Institute, and then a professor at Brooklyn College; he has also served as a visiting artist at several prestigious institutions throughout the country. In a reaction to Abstract Expressionist works, Pearlstein created naturalistic paintings, drawings, and prints in the 1950s, depicting landscapes, and concentrating on nudes in the 1960s. Pearlstein played a central role in revitalizing representational painting in America, through his carefully studied and often dramatically foreshortened compositions that renew attention to the light, color, and form of his subjects. Pearlstein’s work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions throughout the United States, and he has also served as a President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He currently lives and works in New York.

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Philip Pearlstein, Nude on Settee


Philip Pearlstein
Nude on Settee
Philip Pearlstein, Seated nude on salmon colored rug


Philip Pearlstein
Seated nude on salmon colored rug

Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Art
Philip Pearlstein, Model With Model Ship


Philip Pearlstein
Model With Model Ship

Hill Gallery
Philip Pearlstein, Jerusalem, Kidron Valley


Philip Pearlstein
Jerusalem, Kidron Valley

Philip Pearlstein, Two Nudes on Old Indian Rug


Philip Pearlstein
Two Nudes on Old Indian Rug

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Philip Pearlstein, Lying Female Nude on Purple Drape


Philip Pearlstein
Lying Female Nude on Purple Drape

Galerie Michael Haas
Philip Pearlstein, Female Model Leaning on Mantel


Philip Pearlstein
Female Model Leaning on Mantel

Galerie Michael Haas
Philip Pearlstein, Models & Horses


Philip Pearlstein
Models & Horses

David Barnett Gallery
Philip Pearlstein, Model with Flamingo


Philip Pearlstein
Model with Flamingo
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
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Philip Pearlstein, Nude on Sofa Draped


Philip Pearlstein
Nude on Sofa Draped, 1970


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Philip Pearlstein, Nude on Settee


Philip Pearlstein
Nude on Settee, 1978
aquatint etching


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Philip Pearlstein, Models and Horses


Philip Pearlstein
Models and Horses, 1992
color lithograph


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  Professor of Fine Art, Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
  Visiting Critic, Yale University New Haven, CT
  Born Pittsburgh, PA
  Honorary Doctorate Degree, Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
  Distinguished Doctorate Emerite, Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
  Instructor, Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY
  MFA, NYU Institute of Fine Arts New York, NY
  BFA, Carnegie Institute of Technology Pittsburgh, PA
2005   Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, Sept. 15 – Oct. 22
2005   Century Masters: Philip Pearlstein, The Century Association, New York, NY, April 21 – June 2
2005   Philip Pearlstein, Exhibition of Prints, Oregon State University, Gallery at Fairbanks Hall, OR, February
2005   An Economy of Specific Bodies and Particular Objects: Philip Pearlstein Drawings, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, January 7 – May 1
2004   Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Haas, Zurich, Switzerland
2004   Philip Pearlstein, Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO
2003   Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin, Germany
2002   Philip Pearlstein / Recent Works, The Art Gallery, Univeristy 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
1999   Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland
1998   Philip Pearlstein, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1997 - 1998   Philip Pearlstein: Nudi in interni, Il Polittico, Associazione d’Arte e Cultura, Rome, Italy
1997   Abstract Expressionism in US, Centro Arte Contemporaneo Mexico City, MEXICO
1996   171st Exhibition, National Academy Design New York, NY
1996   Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, , Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
1996   Realism after 7 am, Hopper House Piermont, NY
1996   Portraits: 1946-1996, Robert Miller Gallery New York, NY
1996   Philip Pearlstein, Shippensburg University Shippenburgh, PA
1995   New Paintings, Robert Miller Gallery New York, NY
1995   Graphic Works, Springfield Museum Springfield, MO
1995   American Interiors, Knoedler & Co New York, NY
1995   The Urban Landscape, The Murray Collection Scranton, PA
1995   NY Visions 1900-95, ACA Gallery New York, NY
1994   NY Realism, Odakyu Museum Tokyo, JAPAN
1994   NY Realism, Kagoshima Museum of Art JAPAN
1994   NY Realism, Kitayushu Municipal Museum JAPAN
1994   MOMA Kinetsu, JAPAN
1994   NY Realism, Fukushima Prefectural JAPAN
1994   Pearlstein Prints, Honolulu Museum Honolulu, HW
1993   3 Decades of Prints: Pearlstein, Elvejem Museum Madison, WI
1993   Recent Watercolors & Drawings, Hirschl & Adler Modern New York, NY
1992   Early Works on Paper