Philip Pearlstein

Philip Pearlstein (1924-2022) began making prints in the late 1960s and quickly became a leading figure of American Realism. His career began with his move from his native Pittsburgh to Manhattan with Pop Art legend Andy Warhol. After a show of Abstract Expressionist landscape paintings, Pearlstein’s focus shifted to the figural, working in the traditions of Greco-Roman art. He manipulated the female nude with extraordinary precision, offering a different perspective of the human body. By cropping the image, Pearlstein abstracted the figure, causing it to remain clearly distinguishable to the viewer, who may imagine the finished image continuing beyond the perimeters of the canvas. Pearlstein described this manipulation as “a sort of stilled action choreography.” Institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art have included some of his pieces in their permanent collections. He was the focus of a retrospective exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1983.

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