BIO

Biography

1924 
May 24:  Born to David and Libby Kalser Pearlstein in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1941
May-June: Wins first prize with Merry-Go-Round and third prize with Wylie Avenue Barber Shop in Scholastic Magazine's 14th National High School Art Exhibition. Reginald Marsh serves as juror for the exhibition.
June: Merry-Go-Round and Wylie Avenue Barber Shop reproduced in Life magazine, June 16 1941

1942
May-June: Wins first prize with Family Picnic in Scholastic Magazine's 15th National High School Art Exhibition.
June: Graduates from Taylor Allderice High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fall: Enrolls in Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1943
May: Drafted.  After basic Infantry training in Camp McClellan, Alabama, he serves six months in Training Aids Unit in Camp Blanding, Florida where he picks up skills in layout, drafting, lettering and printing.

1944
October: Serves in infantry near Naples Italy

1945
Stationed near Rome and Florence.
Post war army stationed near Pisa, becomes skilled sign painter to fill army's needs.

1946
May: Discharged from army. Returns to the United States and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Spring: Becomes assistant to Robert Lepper, head of the Design Program at Carnegie Institute of Technology, at the firm of Altenhof and Bown, Architects. Designs catalogs for building products through spring, 1949.
Fall: Enrolls as sophomore at Carnegie Institute of Technology. Studies with Robert Lepper, Balcomb Green, and Samuel Rosenberg.
Meets Dorothy Cantor, George Klauber, and Andy Warhol (Warhola), fellow students at Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Serves as art editor of the Carnegie Technical, the student publication of the Engineering School, through 1949.

1949
June: Graduates from Carnegie Institute of Technology with B.F.A.
Summer: Moves to New York City and lives on St. Mark's Place with Andy Warhol. Later the move to West 21st Street.
Fall: Works with graphic designer Ladislav Sutnar in design and production of catalogs of plumbing fixtures and ventilators. Continues with Sutnar for eight years. 

1950
March: Moves to own apartment on East 25th Street.
August 20: Marries Dorothy Cantor and moves to 80th Street and 2nd Avenue.
Fall: Begins graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Studies with Karl Lehmann, Craig Smith and Jose Lopez-Rey.
Introduced to The Club, and attends until it disbands in the early sixties.

1952
May-June: Moves to 24 East 4th Street.
Summer: Travels through the western United States. Visits the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest, begins paintings of rocks.
December: Painting included in a group at the Tanager Gallery, an early cooperative gallery in New York City. 

1954
January: Clement Greenberg selects Pearlstein to be in "Emerging Talent" show at Kootz Gallery, New York. Torso is shown. Show includes Herman Cherry, Paul Freeley, Paul Georges, Cornelia Langer, Saul Leiter, Morris Louis, Anthony Louvis, Sue Mitchell, Kenneth Noland, and Theophil Groell (Repke). 
Fall: Moves to Avenue A between 11th and 12th Streets. Joins Tanager Gallery

1955
January-February: First one man exhibit at Tanager Gallery.
June: Receives M.A. in Art History from Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Thesis on Francis Picabia with Jose Lopez-Rey and H.W. Janson as advisors.
Summer: Spent at Montauk, Long Island

1956
January: Publishes "The Symbolic Language of Francis Picabia", in Arts Magazine.
February-March: First one man exhibition at Peridot Gallery, New York.
Summer: Spent on Deer Isle, Maine, and Mercedes Matter's suggestion and draws boulders and uprooted trees to serve as the basis for later paintings. 

1957
March: Participates with Sidney Gordon, William Kienbush, Pat Passloff and Ludwig Sander in panel discussion, "The Artist's Involvement with Nature," at The Club, New York.
Summer: Begins work doing layout for Life.
October 25: Son, William, is born. 

1958
Winter: Joins drawing group meeting in Robert Ludwig's studio. Group also includes Charles Cajori and Mercedes Matter.
Fall: Takes leave of absence from Life.
September: 
Receives Fulbright Grant for Painting in Italy. Travels to Rome, Florence, Venice, Amalfi Coast and Sicily as well as Switzerland, France and The Netherlands. Paints Landscapes. 

1959
August: Returns from Italy
Fall: Rejoins drawing group including at various times during the following thirteen years: Ann Arnold, Rudolph Burkhardt, Charles Cajori, Gretna Campbell, Lois Dodd, Louis Finkelstein, Joe Fiore, Sideo and Nora Fromboluti, Mary Frank, Stephen Greene, Theophil Groell (Repke), Philip Guston, Yvonne Jacquette, Diana Kurtz, Alex Katz, Gabriel Laberman, Mercedes Matter, George McNeil, Sidney Tillim, Jack Tworkov and William White. Meets initially in Mercedes Matter's studio. Continues to meet with group at various locations, including his own studio through 1972.
September: Becomes Instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Continues at Pratt through May, 1963.

1960
September: One man exhibition of paintings and drawings at Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
Shares studio, first with Lois Dodd, then with Lester Johnson.

1961
April 2. Daughter, Julia, is born.
April: One man exhibition, Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York.
Summer: Publishes "Futurism and Some Other Corrupt Forms" in Art News . 
Moves to West 89th Street between West End and Riverside Drive.

1962
Visiting Critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
January: Participates with Leland Bell, Charles Cajori, Paul Georges and Loius Finkelstein in panel discussion, "Painting the Figure," at The Club, New York.
January-February: Exhibits first figure painting, Models in the Studio (1962), at 10th and Final Year Group Show at Tanager Gallery. 
Begins painting directly from the model with Reclining Nude.  
June: First show of figurative work-brush drawings at Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York.  Works purchased by Raphael Soyer, John Koch, and Hilton Kramer. 
Summer: Publishes "Figure Paintings Today Are Not Made in Heaven" in Art News. 

1963
March: First show of figure paintings at Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York.
March 31: Daughter, Ellen, is born.
September: Joins faculty at Brooklyn College, New York, as assistant professor. 

1964
Publishes "Whose Painting Is It Anyway?" in Arts Yearbook 7

1965
Spring: Moves to West 88th Street.
August: Becomes Visiting Artist and lecturer at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. 

1967
February: Publishes "The Romantic Self Image is Gone" in Barbara Rose and Irving Sandler, "Senseibility of the Sixties," Art in America
Begins attending Friday night discussion group organized by Alliance of Figurative Artists. Attends through 1976.
June-August: Visits Skowhegan School of Painting and Scultpture, Maine as Guest Artist and Lecturer.

1968
January: Becomes Associate Professor, Brooklyn College, New York.
Recieves National Endowment for the Arts grant. 

1969
June-August: Becomes resident faculty member, Boston University summer art program, Tanglewood, Massachusetts.  
Receives John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant.

1970
Winter: Briefly travels to Rome and Athens.
September: Retrospective organized by Georgia Museum of Art, Athens Georgia, opens. Travels through 1971 to the Wichita Art Museum and Vassar College. 
September: Publishes "Hello and Goodbye, Francis Picabia," in Art News.

1971
Summer: Travels in Mexico
August: Publishes "Why I Paint the Way I Do" in The New York Times, August 8. 

1972
Becomes full Professor, Brooklyn College, New York.
June: Exhibition of drawings, prints, and watercolors opens at Staatliche Museen, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin. Exhibition travels to Kunstverein in Hamburg.
Summer: Travels to Germany, France, and Italy. 

1973
Receives American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters award.
Summer: Travels to Italy and paints on Amalfi coast.

1974
Summer: Travels to the southwestern United States to prepare work for the Department of the Interior Bicentennial Exhibition.
Retrospective of prints and drawings opens at Finch College and travels through 1975 to the University of Texas at Austin, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan; Notre Dame University, Indiana; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan; Tampa Nay Art Center, Florida; Miami Art Center, Florida. 

1975
Summer: Returns to southwest and finishes Canyon de Chelly painting. 

1976
Summer: Returns to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. 

1977
Made Distinguished Professor, Brooklyn College, New York. 

1978
February: Leads College Art Association panel on "The Conceptualization of Realism," New York. Panelists include Rackstraw Downes, Ben Schonzeit, Sylvia Plimpton Mangold, Chuck Close, and George Segal. 
Exhibition of complete lithographs and etchings opens at Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri. Travels extensively.
Winter: Travels to Peru and completes two watercolors.
Fall: Travels to southwest. Serves as Visiting Artist at Navajo Community College, Tselei, Arizona. 

1979
Winter: Travels to Egypt and completes three watercolors. 

1982
Spring: Serves as Artist in Residence, American Academy of Art, Rome. 

1988 
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

2003-06
President, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

The artist lives and works in New York City