BIO

 

     PHILIP  GERSTEIN     pgerst@fas.harvard.edu

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Philip Gerstein began exhibiting his work in the 1980’s with the Boston Visual Artists Union, after pursuing a PhD in Art History at Harvard University.  He studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Japanese calligraphy with Toshu Ogawa.  
 
Philip has been exhibiting in New York City, Provincetown MA, and extensively in the Boston area, as well as organizing and curating painting and photography shows. His work has been reviewed, reproduced and praised in numerous publications, including The Boston Globe,  ArtScope Magazine, and Art New England. Philip's monthly postings are published online in Scene4 – International Magazine of Arts and Culture.
    
 Monthly online feature "The Art of Philip Gerstein" in:
Scene4 - International Magazine of Arts and Culture. 
    Examples:    ~~ Nov 2020 feature      
                     ~~ Feb 2021 feature
                     ~~  July 2021 feature
 
    UPCOMING / CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
3-person Show (with Alexandra Rozenman & Jo Ann Rothschild) 
Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville MA -- February 2022
Thoughts Produce Noise  Landau Gallery, Belmont Hill School, Belmont MA -
October 6 - November 12, 2021 -- presented by Array Contemporary
   Artist Reception -- Thursday October 21,  6-8 pm
Drawing Challenge XXIII   Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC   online  September 2021 
12x12   PAAM  Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA   August 6 - October 3, 2021
Group Show  AMP: Art Market Provincetown, Provincetown MA    July 23 - August 11, 2021
In Full Bloom   LICHTUNDFIRE , New York, NY   June 30 - August 20, 2021 --
--reviewed & reproduced on Piri Halasz' blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Aug. 14, 2021
https://www.pirihalasz.com/blog/posts/39303 
The Passage of Time at the Moakley Courthouse -- July-Sept 2021 -- presented by Array Contemporary,  
Moakley Federal Courthouse Gallery, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210
SOLO SHOW:  Sometimes There Is Bliss   AMP: Art Market Provincetown, Provincetown MA
June 25 - July 21, 2021
 

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   SOLO EXHIBITIONS  /Recent/  
The Color of Seasons:  Nature and Abstraction in the Paintings of Carolyn Newberger and Philip Gerstein,
(Expanded 2-person show) Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA.  (Scheduled Apr. 2020 -- cancelled due to Covid-19).

 View/order a 50-page EXHIBITION CATALOG   --Catalog reviewed 

Sometimes There Is Bliss,  Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA  (2018)  --reviewed 

Sacred AsymmetryThe Painting Center, Chelsea, New York, NY  (2017)  --reviewed

Wild at Heart: Works on Paper & Other Adventures,  Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA  (2017)  --reviewed

Recent Paintings Abstract Art Online / Galerie Cerulean   (2016). 

Being There: Abstract Paintings of Philip Gerstein, Andre Zarre Gallery, Chelsea, NY, NY (2015)--reviewed

 ¡ EXPERIMENT !    Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA   (2015)  --reviewed

 

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    GROUP SHOWS  /Selection/

2021
Collective Consciousness    Array Contemporary at Beacon Street Gallery, Brookline MA  Apr-July 2021
Drawing Challenge XXI   Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC   online  May 2021 
Drawing Challenge XX    Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC   online Apr 2021
Drawing Challenge XIX    Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC   online Mar 2021
the world that has been given   Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY   on ARTSY  Feb-Mar 2021
(re)Tell   HallSpace, Boston MA  Feb-Mar 2021
Drawing Challenge XVIII   Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC   online  Feb 2021 
Drawing Challenge XVII   Jason McCoy Gallery, NYC   online  Jan 2021
The Future Is Many Colors at Moakley Courthouse  (8-person show),
      Array Contemporary at J.J.Moakley Federal Courthouse,  Boston MA.  Jan-Mar 2021

2020

Spring Flash! - a Pop-Up Virtual Exhibition,  Equity Gallery, New York, NY
PAAM Show,   Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA
Droplets: Hallspace Drawing Project,  HallSpace, Boston MA
(Co-Curated/exhibited:)  The Future Is Many Colors,  Array Contemporary online

2019

(Curated/exhibited:)  Sacred Asymmetry - Abstraction Boston/New York, HallSpace, Boston MA. 

      Exhibiting Artists:  Francine Tint, Jo Ann Rothschild, Susan Roth, Marjorie Minkin,

                                   Sarah Hinckley, Philip Gerstein. -- reviewed

That’s Cliché, or Not, Drawing Project,   HallSpace, Boston MA

Resist,   Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA

2018

Sideshow Nation VI: The Greatest Show on Earth,  Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY --reviewed

PAAM Show,  Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA

B4 Peace: Building a Peaceable Community Art Invitational,

      (part of "Prospect 4: New Orleans Art Triennial"), New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans LA

2017

Sideshow Nation V, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY  -- reviewed 

Inherent Vitality555 Gallery, South Boston, MA  -- reviewed

2016

Invitational 3,  ArtHelix/SHIM, Bushwick, Brooklyn NY

Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality,  (invitational) The Viridian Artists Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

Small Works Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY  (juried by Richard Timperio)

Landscapes,   Temporary Storage Gallery, BFP Creative, Brooklyn NY

Winter Juried,  Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA  (juried by Gus and Arlette Kayafas,

      Gallery Kayafas, Boston MA) 

Sideshow Nation IV: Through the Rabbit Hole Sideshow Gallery (in collaboration with Life on Mars Gallery),

      Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY  -- reviewed

2015

Sideshow Nation III: Circle the Wagons!!!   Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY  -- reviewed 

Summer Selections Show,  Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA

In Sight,   Lunder Center for the Arts, Lesley University, Cambridge MA

2014

Sideshow Nation II – the Alamo,   Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY  -- reviewed

21 & Counting: The Painting Center Turns 21 The Painting Center, Chelsea, New York, NY 

25th International Juried Exhibition  Viridian Artists Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

      (juried by Katherine Brinson, Curator at the Guggenheim Museum)  -- reviewed

Summer Show,    Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA

2013

Sideshow Nation Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY

Summer Show  Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA.

Off the Wall  Danforth Art Museum, Framingham MA (juried by Dina Deitch,        Curator of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Museum)

2012

Summer Show,   Joyce Chasan Fine Art / Artsource International, New York, NY

12th Annual Invitational,   Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY  -- reviewed

2011

(Curated/exhibited:) Reaching for the Sky: 4 Artists Working w/Color,  Hutson Gallery, Ptown MA --reviewed

Juried Exhibition,  Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA (juried by Allison Kemmerer,        Addison Gallery of American Art)

Juried Show,  Danforth Art Museum, Framingham MA (selected by Katherine French, Museum Director) 

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  CURATORIAL PROJECTS / WRITING ON ART:
PUBLISHED:   “The Art of Philip Gerstein” (Oct 2020 – Present):  Monthly online feature in 
Scene4 - International Magazine of Arts and Culture. (See above.) 
CO-CURATED/EXHIBITED: "The Future Is Many Colors"  (2020)  Array Contemporary online
CURATING/EXHIBITING:   "Out of This World: Sci-Fi & Fantasy in Art",  
(Scheduled 9/20 - postponed by Covid), Maud Morgan Art Center, Cambridge MA

CO-WROTE/PRODUCED/PUBLISHED:  “The Color of Seasons: Nature and Abstraction

in the Paintings of Carolyn Newberger and Philip Gerstein”  (Spr/Sum 2020): 

50 p. 32 color ill. CATALOG of Apr 2020 Boston exhibition. View/order EXHIBITION CATALOG.

The Catalog reviewed/reproduced by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Dec. 1, 2020.  

( INCLUDED: award-winning Essay “Parallel Paths That Intersect” by Brian George -- PUBLISHED

w/my introduction & images in  Scene4 - International Magazine of Arts and Culture   Sep+Oct 2020)

 
CURATED: “What We Have Wrought: Photographs of Mags Harries, Neal Rantoul, Eleanor Steinadler” ,
(Apr 2019)  3-person invitational photography show, Galatea Fine Art.  
PUBLISHED: extensive Curatorial Statement (w/images).  
Recommended/reproduced: “Best Photo Picks 4/19”, online Boston photo magazine "What Will You Remember?"
CURATED/ORGANIZED/EXHIBITED:  “Sacred Asymmetry -- Abstraction Boston/New York”  (12/2018 – 1/2019)
HallSpace, Boston MA.  (Exhibiting Artists:)  Francine Tint, Jo Ann Rothschild, Susan Roth, Marjorie Minkin,
Sarah Hinckley, Philip Gerstein.  Musical & dance performances paired with specific artworks.
Featured/recommended - The Boston Globe, Dec.23, 2018 (Cate McQuaid).    INSTALLATION VIEWS
CURATED/EXHIBITED/PUBLISHED: “Reaching for the Sky: 4 Artists Working with Color” (5-6/2011),
Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA.   
PUBLISHED: Color Essay (on history of color in Modernism), "The Provincetown Magazine", May 19, 2011, p.28-31. The Essay also won a competition, as one of two essays PUBLISHED as:  
Gerstein, Philip. "Art of Color: Beauty in art comes in so many forms; art of color is a special case of it",
International Painting Annual 4. 1st. Cincinnati: Manifest Press, 2014. Print

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