Renowned Realist Painter Philip Pearlstein,
Leader in the Revival of Modern Figure Painting, to Kick
Off New Lecture Series at Smith
Public Is Invited to
March 28 Slide Lecture
Editor's note: Images of Philip Pearlstein and of several
of his works are available as digital files. Contact Marti
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Inaugurating a new endowed lecture
series at Smith College, renowned American contemporary realist
painter Philip Pearlstein will present "Self-Portraits:
Painting Noses or Demons" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28,
in Wright Hall Auditorium.
The slide lecture is free and the public is welcome.
Still actively painting in a long and distinguished career,
Pearlstein was a leader in the early 1960s of the revival
of figure painting in America. His monumental nudes, painted
directly from life, challenged the prevailing art of the
Abstract Expressionists. He continues to paint the human
figure, unclothed, paired with props or furniture and often
shown cropped or in awkward positions. Although his intensely
observed, sagging and sallow nudes have sometimes been considered
shocking, New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman has described
them as "graphic, but hardly erotic and strangely austere." Critic
Robert Hughes, in his book "American Visions," describes
Pearlstein's work as "unlike anything seen in American
realism since Thomas Eakins."
Pearlstein's paintings, prints and drawings have been exhibited
widely and are in the collections of many museums in this
country and abroad.
A reception for the artist will take place in the atrium
of the Brown Fine Arts Center immediately following the talk.
Pearlstein's lecture is the first in a new series of talks
by distinguished artists and art historians. The Dulcy B.
Miller Lectures in Art and Art History honor the late Dulcy
Blume, a member of the Smith College Class of 1946.
In addition to the Pearlstein talk, a number of events during
the weekend of March 27 to 28 will celebrate the first anniversary
of the reopening of the Smith College Museum of Art. More
information is available at www.smith.edu/museum.
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