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Harvey Dinnerstein | Figurative painter

Harvey Dinnerstein (April 3, 1928 - June 21, 2022) was a figurative artist and educator.
A draftsman and painter in the realistic tradition, his work included genre paintings, contemporary narratives, complex figurative compositions, portraits, and intimate images of his family and friends.


Dinnerstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied with Moses Soyer, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Julian E. Levi at the Art Students League of New York.

From 1947-1950 Dinnerstein was also a student at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Upon his return to New York City in the early 1950s, he was one of a group of recent Tyler graduates who resisted the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism in order to paint in a figurative mode.


Inspired by the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1956, Dinnerstein traveled south to document the Civil Rights upheaval through a series of drawings. This interest in cultural and moral issues continued to inform drawings and paintings that recorded the social unrest of the 1960s.
From 1965-1980 Dinnerstein taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and from 1975-1992 at the National Academy of Design, of which he was elected a member in 1974. He taught at the Art Students League since 1980.

He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1998.
Dinnerstein participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, National Academy of Design, National Museum of American Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
His book Harvey Dinnerstein: An Artist at Work was published in 1978 by Watson-Guptill.
He was the brother of figurative artist Simon Dinnerstein, and the uncle of concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein. | Source: © Wikipedia

Recipient Temple Gold medal Pennsylvania Academy Fine Art, 1950; Allied Artist Gold medal, 1977; President's award Audubon Artists, 1978; Arthur Ross award Classical American, 1983; others; Tiffany Foundation grantee, 1948, 61. Served with United States Army, 1951-1953.
Member National Academy of Design (Samuel F.B. Morse medal 2003).

Harvey Dinnerstein (1928-2022) è stato un artista figurativo ed educatore.
Disegnatore e pittore nella tradizione realistica, il suo lavoro includeva dipinti di genere, narrazioni contemporanee, complesse composizioni figurative, ritratti ed immagini intime della sua famiglia e dei suoi amici.
Dinnerstein è nato a Brooklyn, New York e ha studiato con Moses Soyer, Yasuo Kuniyoshi e Julian E. Levi alla Art Students League di New York.
Dal 1947-1950 Dinnerstein fu anche studente alla Tyler School of Art della Temple University di Filadelfia.
Al suo ritorno a New York City all'inizio degli anni '50, faceva parte di un gruppo di neolaureati in Tyler che resistettero allo stile prevalente dell'espressionismo astratto per dipingere in modo figurativo.

Ispirato dal boicottaggio degli autobus di Montgomery, in Alabama, del 1956, Dinnerstein si recò a sud per documentare lo sconvolgimento dei diritti civili attraverso una serie di disegni.
Questo interesse per le questioni culturali e morali ha continuato ad ispirare disegni e dipinti che hanno registrato i disordini sociali degli anni '60.
Dal 1965-1980 Dinnerstein ha insegnato alla School of Visual Arts di New York City e dal 1975-1992 alla National Academy of Design, di cui è stato eletto membro nel 1974.
Da allora ha insegnato alla Art Students League 1980.
Ha ricevuto un dottorato onorario dalla Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts di Old Lyme, Connecticut nel 1998.
Dinnerstein ha partecipato a numerose mostre in gallerie e musei negli Stati Uniti.

Il suo lavoro è nelle collezioni permanenti del Butler Institute of American Art, del Metropolitan Museum of Art, del Whitney Museum of American Art, del Museum of the City of New York, della National Academy of Design, del National Museum of American Art e della Pennsylvania Accademia delle Belle Arti.
Il suo libro Harvey Dinnerstein: An Artist at Work è stato pubblicato nel 1978 da Watson-Guptill.
Era il fratello dell'artista figurativo Simon Dinnerstein e lo zio del pianista Simone Dinnerstein. | Fonte: © British Wikipedia