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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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