Art Exhibit by New York/Israeli artist Max Ferguson.
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), New York, NY 10012
Opening Reception May 8, 6 - 8:30 pm
Hours: Mon - Thurs 9 am to 5 pm; Friday, 9am to 3 pm.
April 16- June 29, 2012
His wife and their three children were all born in Jerusalem, and he has had his paintings exhibited at the Israel Museum.
Ferguson learned the discipline for his meticulously rendered paintings while doing animated films as a teenager, graduating from New York University film school in 1980. But it was while spending a year at an art school in Amsterdam that his interest switched to painting. He developed an enduring admiration for Dutch seventeenth-century painters and has sought to integrate their concern for craftsmanship with contemporary urban realism. As Ferguson says, "For me, the ideal artistic marriage would be Vermeer and Hopper."
Ferguson is also known for the backs of his paintings, a unique hybrid of open diary, scrapbook, and messages in a bottle.
His works are in many prominent public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The British Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and Yeshiva University Museum.
In conjunction with this exhibition, curated by Laura Kruger, a fully illustrated 32 page catalogue is being published, with an introduction by noted art historian, Gail Levin.http://huc.edu/museums/ny/