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    PHILIP  GERSTEIN     pgerst@fas.harvard.edu

EDUCATION  

Moscow State University   --  Cleveland State University --    

BA – Brandeis University   --    MA – Harvard University --

School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Born and raised in Moscow, USSR.

I began exhibiting my work in the 1980’s with the Boston Visual Artists Union, after pursuing a PhD in Art History at Harvard U.  I studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Japanese calligraphy with Toshu Ogawa.

I have been exhibiting in NYC, in Provincetown MA, and very extensively in the Boston area.

BIO

    CURRENT / UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
     Curated/exhibited in a unique & critically acclaimed exhibition past winter:
    "Sacred Asymmetry - Abstraction Boston/New York"  at HallSpace, Boston MA  Dec. 2018- Jan.2019.
    Exhibiting Artists: Francine Tint, Jo Ann Rothschild, Susan Roth, Marjorie Minkin, Sarah Hinckley, Philip Gerstein.
For exhibition views click here.      For exhibition checklist click here.      
For videos of accompanying musical performances, see: 1) New Language Collaborative (trio); 2) Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble (with dancers).
     HallSpace Drawing Project 2019 "That’s Cliché, or Not",   Hallspace, Boston MA -- Sept.7 - Oct.12, 2019.
     National Juried Show, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport MA  -- Nov.23, 2019 -- Jan.2, 2020.
          Opening Reception -- Nov.23, 2-4pm.
      Solo Show:  Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA -- April 2020.
      Curating/exhibiting: "Out of This World: Sci-Fi & Fantasy in Art", Maud Morgan Art Center, Cambridge MA, Sept 2020.

 

 

    Recent  SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
 Sometimes There Is Bliss  at Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA  in Oct. 2018

--reproduced in ArtScope Magazine, Sept/Oct 2018, and reviewed in ArtScope Magazine Online, "October Treat: Gerstein, Margolin & Komarow at Galatea" by Brian Goslow, Oct. 22, 2018 ("These colors can vibrate within us, these textures and compositions can move us physically... .")

--reviewed at length on Galatea Blog, "Appasionata on Color" by Frank Capezzera, Oct. 17, 2018.

 Sacred Asymmetry  at The Painting Center, Chelsea, New York, NY  in Oct-Nov 2017

--reviewed at length and reproduced by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" ("Gerstein and Others: Chelsea Roundup", Nov.25, 2017: "...I liked it a lot... the colors are restrained but quite pure and individual... . Everything works together quite harmoniously, but not loudly – entices by its subtlety... a great deal of care and consideration and decidedly touching".

--featured and reproduced on the "Art in New York City" blog, here.

 Wild at Heart: Works on Paper & Other Adventures  at Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA  in Apr 2017

--reviewed, with several reproductions in Art New England Blog/Portfolio ("Adventures in Abstraction: Philip Gerstein at Galatea", Apr. 26, 2017, by Olivia J. Kiers--> "...rewarding... a masterful solo show... energetic, joyous and intellectually demanding...").

 Solo Online show  at Abstract Art Online / Galerie Cerulean  in May-June 2016. 

 Being There: Abstract Paintings of Philip Gerstein   at Andre Zarre Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY.   June-July 2015 

--reviewed and reproduced by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" July 17, 2015: "... lovely... attractive... distinctive... provocative... a dash of gaiety... pleasure at the sight..". 

--featured and reproduced on the "Art in New York City" blog, here.

 ¡ EXPERIMENT !   at Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA in Apr 2015

--reviewed and reproduced in Art New England Magazine (May-June 2015 -- Susan Boulanger: "... color harmonies from the boldest complementary to the subtlest analogy... dynamic balance recalling one of Hans Hofmann's looser abstracts... complex, elusive and shimmering islands of pigment... . Each work here, as the artist intended, concludes a phase in the ongoing experiment of creating worlds through color." )   

--reviewed and reproduced in ArtScope (Blog Apr. 2, 2015-- Sarah Kinkade: "Philip Gerstein’s art pieces sing their own songs in a burst of color and textures, as their stories unfold. Each stands out in its own distinct way with different mediums and color palates, creating a theme of experimentation and discovery. ")   

--for a video of an accompanying musical performance, click here.

 Philip Gerstein: 2 Decades of Paintings,   at Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA in Apr 2013.  (For installation images click here)  

--previewed by Elissa della-Piana, director, Gallery Della Piana (see it here).

 

 About Color, at Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA in Apr 2010.

 The Distant Sound of Rain In Spring Valleys,   at the Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA in November 2008 (for a poetic statement that   accompanied that show, click here)

--reviewed and reproduced in Berkshire Fine Arts blog (by Shawn Hill), Nov 11, 2008. 

 

 

 

Recent (selected)  GROUP SHOWS

 

   2019

National Juried Show   Rockport Art Association & Museum -- Nov 2019 - Jan 2020;

"That’s Cliché, or Not", Drawing Project   Hallspace, Boston MA -- Sep-Oct 2019;

Resist   Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA  in Mar-May 2019;

Curated/exhibited in: Sacred Asymmetry - Abstraction Boston/New York  at HallSpace, Boston MA  in Dec 2018-Jan 2019:

Exhibiting Artists: Francine Tint, Jo Ann Rothschild, Susan Roth, Marjorie Minkin, Sarah Hinckley, Philip Gerstein.  

Featured/recommended in The Boston Globe  Dec.23, 2018 (Cate McQuaid).

For exhibition views click here.  For exhibition checklist click here.  For videos of accompanying musical performances, see: 1) New Language Collaborative (trio); 2) Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble (with dancers);
ICE  (Invitational)   Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA  in Feb 2019. (For exhibition profile click here .)

 

   2018

Paper Chassis, Drawing Project   HallSpace, Boston MA

My painting, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers", reproduced in the following publication:  "Weathering Change: An Art Anthology in

Response to Climate Change", Harvard University, 2018;

PAAM Show   Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA;

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

-- reviewed by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Feb.25, 2018 ("Once More, The Greatest Show on Earth"); 

B4 Peace: Building a Peaceable Community Art Invitational, (part of Prospect 4: New Orleans Art Triennial)   New Orleans Art Center,

New Orleans LA. (One of my 3 paintings used as an online poster for the show.)

   2017

Random Act of Art   Wave Gallery, Watertown MA; 

My paintings are juried into Studio Visit Magazine, v.38, Summer 2017 (double spread);

Inherent Vitality  555 Gallery, South Boston, MA

-- reviewed by Elin Spring in Boston's online photography magazine "What Will You Remember?" June 15, 2017; 

Sideshow Nation V  Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY

-- reviewed by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Feb.15, 2017. 

    2016

Invitational 3  ArtHelix/SHIM, Bushwick, Brooklyn NY;

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

Metamorphosis  Galatea at INKBLOCK, Boston MA; 

Metamorphosis  The Wave Gallery, Watertown MA; 

My paintings are juried into Studio Visit Magazine, v.34, Summer 2016 (double spread); 

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

Thesis/Antithesis: Small Works Salon 2016  Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Art Center, Cambridge MA  (juried by Gerry Bergstein, SMFA);

Landscapes   Temporary Storage Gallery, BFP Creative, Brooklyn NY;

Winter Juried  Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA  (juried by Gus and Arlette Kayafas, Kayafas Gallery, Boston MA); 

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

-- reviewed by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Mar.3, 2016. 

   2015

Summer Selections Show   Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA;

Art of Painting: National Juried Exhibition  Washington Art Association, Washington CT (juried by William Bailey, Prof. Emer. at Yale U.); 

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

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

-- reviewed by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Feb.10, 2015. 

   2014

21 & Counting: The Painting Center Turns 21   at 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 by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" July 30, 2014 " …the best works in this show: two abstract paintings by Philip Gerstein… . These two 18-inch square panels were painted with deliciously muted but still colorful ... gestural strokes"

Regional Juried Show    Barn Gallery, Ogunquit ME;

Summer Show    Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA;

Proof of Purchase     Samson Gallery, Boston MA;

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

-- reviewed by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Jan.27, 2014.

   2013

Summer Show   Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA.;

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

Sideshow Nation   Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY;

Ways and Meanings (Penultimate Abstraction Show)    The Gallery Della Piana, Wenham, MA.

   2012

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

Modernists 2012   (4-person show)  Judith Klein Art Gallery, New Bedford MA

-- reviewed in South Coast Today, June 07, 2012; 

Invitational   at Gallery 259, curated by Steven Muller, 259 A St., Boston MA; 

12th Annual Invitational   Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY;

-- reviewed by Piri Halasz on her art blog "From the Mayor's Doorstep" Jan.21, 2012; 

Selections Group Show   Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA.

   2011

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

Curated/Exhibited: Reaching for the Sky: 4 Artists Working with Color  Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA

-- reviewed extensively in Provincetown Magazine (4pp.); 

White   Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown MA;

Selections Group Show   Hutson Gallery, Provincetown MA;

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

   2008-2010

Electric Wanting   at the Apollinaire Theatre Art Gallery, Chelsea MA (to coincide with an award-winning play by Ginna Gionfriddo); 

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

4 Artists   Sacramento St. Gallery, Maud Morgan Art Center, Cambridge MA; 

Historical Interpretation   Peabody Historical Society, Peabody MA; 

SEE-Scapes   Experimental Art Gallery, Artists’ Row, Salem MA; 

3 by 3   Gallery@ Spencer Lofts,  Chelsea MA; 

Juried Show   Boston City Hall

Movement, Color, and Light,   Agni Gallery in East Village, NYC; 

3 shows @ Wingspread Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Maine in 2007, 2008, 2009; 

 

    and frequent group shows at Galatea Fine Art , Boston MA (of which I am a founding member), in 2009-2019.

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS / WRITING ON ART:
April 2019: Curated a 3-person photography show at Galatea Fine Art:
"What We Have Wrought: Photographs of Mags Harries, Neal Rantoul, Eleanor Steinadler"
-- recommended/reproduced - best photo show picks by Boston's online photography magazine,
https://whatwillyouremember.com/best-photo-picks-april-2019/
For important Curatorial Statement (with images) - click here.
 Dec-Jan 2018-2019:  Curated/organized/exhibited in an outstanding & critically acclaimed show,  

Sacred Asymmetry - Abstraction Boston/New York  at HallSpace, Boston MA.

Exhibiting Artists: Francine Tint, Jo Ann Rothschild, Susan Roth, Marjorie Minkin, Sarah Hinckley, Philip Gerstein.  

Featured/recommended in The Boston Globe Dec.23, 2018.  For exhibition views click here.  For exhibition checklist click here.  

For videos of accompanying musical performances, see: 1) New Language Collaborative (trio); 2) Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble (with dancers).

May-June 2011:  Curated/exhibited at the Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA, in Reaching for the Sky: 4 Artists Working with Color

My accompanying Color Essay, on the history of color in Modernism, and the artists in this exhibition published in The Provincetown Magazine of May 19, 2011, p.28-31, as "Art of Color" (for this condensed version click here)

This Essay has also won a competition, as one of two essays published, in Spring 2015, in the following: 

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. <www.manifestgallery.org>

 

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I look for inspiration in both art and nature. Although I admire the past achievements of both Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, it is rather in work that predates theirs – Kandinsky and classical artists of the Far East – that I find more direct antecedents to my work.

The sound of color, the music of movement -- this is the spacetime continuum of my painting.

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