Born 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A Professor of Painting at Brooklyn College in New York City since 1963, Pearlstein studied at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh (B.F.A., 1949) and New York University (M.A., 1955). He began making prints in 1968 at the Pratt Graphics Workshop in New York City and by the 1980s, he often collaborated with David Keister. The master printer at Landfall Press in Chicago came to Omaha to assist with the printing during Pearlstein's residency (November 29- December 4, 1981). UNO Students Jo Ann Morrison and James Hejl also helped with the process, which was photographed and described in The Painting and Teaching of Philip Pearlstein (1982). "It took Pearlstein three days of extra long hours to complete the drawings on each of the four stones for the color lithograph," observed author Jerome Viola, who added that a "steady stream of interested observers" watched the artist working with local models wearing kimonos he had brought with him. At the time, most critics fixated on lack of personality and the "absence of intimacy" between his "tired, hairy, and sagging models." "Nonsense," said Pearlstein. "Just because the head is cropped doesn't mean the figure has lost its individuality. Each body is different. Even the way a model crosses her legs is unique to that person. We see in fragments and we make notes, mental notes, in fragments. Cézanne gave us the system of how to record them," he explained.
Two Models in Omaha
1981; four color lithograph on Arches Buff; sheet: 30 x 22 1/4 (76.2 x 55.88); edition of 60)