Philip Pearlstein: Trials of the Sphinx, an exhibition comprising 15 working proofs and the final print depicting the Sphinx at Giza, opened at The Brooklyn Museum July 14 and will remain on view in the Lobby Gallery, located on the first floor, through October 9, 1989. The works were created by the American artist Philip Pearlstein (b. 1924) following a 1978-79 trip to Egypt. The artist, usually associated with his studies of nudes, here reveals his interest in landscape, especially the monuments and ruins of the ancient world.
In this exhibition viewers are provided with an opportunity to see this less well-known aspect of his work as well as the rare chance to see all the steps that lead to a final proof of a color etching. In painting, false starts are usually painted over, but in printmaking serial proofing records the entire process as the artist creates and refines his graphic imagery.
This Curator’s Choice exhibition has been organized by Barry Walker, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1989 - 1994. 1989, 108.