Philip Pearlstein
MODEL WITH OSTRICH, EAGLE AND DUCK, 2009 
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
PP13334

 

I Get My Highs from Using My Eyes

 

Forty years ago, in 1971. I was invited to write an article in the New York Times about why I paint the way I do. My title was "I Get My Highs from Using My Eyes". The editor changed the title to "Why I Paint the Way I Do." I would not now change anything I wrote then. 

 

Essentially, I wrote that I decided to turn away from abstraction and expressionism around 1960. I wanted to paint only what I saw in front of me (usually nude models) without stylistic editorializing. But what at the beginning seemed like a simple idea became a Pandora's box.

 

This catalogue has been published on the occasion of the exhibition of Philip Pearlstein at the Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York 
November 4 - December 18, 201 O 
Photography: Christopher Burke Studios, Philip Ennik 
Design: Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York 
Printing: Advanced Printing, New York 
Catalogue © 2010 Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York 
Edition of 600 
ISBN 13 978-0-9830543-0-6