“Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York” through September 6 at The Andy Warhol Museum

Leonard Kessler’s ca. 1948 photograph Andy Warhol, Dorothy Cantor, and Philip Pearlstein on Carnegie Institute of Technology campus, courtesy of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Leonard Kessler’s ca. 1948 photograph Andy Warhol, Dorothy Cantor, and Philip Pearlstein on Carnegie Institute of Technology campus, courtesy of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York

Through September 6, 2015

Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, PA

The Andy Warhol Museum presents Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, the first exhibition to explore the work of Philip Pearlstein, Andy Warhol, and Dorothy Cantor as students at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), and as young artists breaking into the New York Art World in the early 1950s. This early period was one of close association between Warhol and Pearlstein as they were fellow students, roommates in New York, and enthusiastic artists working in commercial illustration. Cantor, one year behind them in school, was equally pursuing her work, but left her practice to start a family with Pearlstein.

“Merry-Go-Round” (1939-40), by Philip Pearlstein – Image courtesy of Betty Cunningham Gallery

This exhibition explores the path that all three artists took from their early Pittsburgh roots to an ambitious start in New York. While they may have gone in different directions, their time together reveals their determination to break into the New York Art World. The exhibition features the artists’ assignments from Carnegie Tech, as well as explores Pearlstein and Warhol’s early commercial design work in New York. More than 50 drawings and paintings by Pearlstein and Cantor make their museum debut, supported by paintings and period photographs on loan and from The Warhol’s collection.

As a coda to this narrative, the exhibition includes Pearlstein’s most recent paintings, a series of three canvases completed in early 2015: nude female figures are animated with vibrant animal masks as they lounge and recline over Navaho rugs. This unprecedented treatment of the figure presents a new departure for Pearlstein’s practice—one that he has crafted for more than 50 years.

Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York is co-curated by Jessica Beck, The Warhol’s assistant curator of art, and Matt Wrbican, The Warhol’s chief archivist.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Fine Foundation, Henry and Gilda Buchbiner Family, and Henry Justin. (Source: www.warhol.org)

Did you know that Philip Pearlstein is a member of the SACI Artists Council?

The Andy Warhol Museum
Second Floor Galleries
117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA
T: 412.237.8300
information@warhol.org
www.warhol.org

Tickets
Free with Museum Admission: Adults $20, Students with valid ID $10, Children (3-18) $10
Half-price admission with Good Fridays Program

Hours
Monday – closed, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-10pm

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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