Max Ferguson

BIOGRAPHY

Max Ferguson Biography

Max FergusonBiography


Born in New York City in 1959, Max Ferguson started as a filmmaker, making award-winning animated films as a teenager. But it was while he was a visiting student at an art school in Amsterdam that his interest shifted to painting. “While my fellow art students were painting nudes of young women, I was painting octogenarians with canes.”   "I am not consciously a contrarian, but it would seem that the louder and larger the work of my contemporaries grows, the quieter and smaller my paintings become.” 


"My work is essentially autobiographical," says Ferguson, with his two most frequent models being his father and himself. "The more personal you get, the more universal you become."   "My paintings are generally populated by a solitary figure. In one sense it is a soliloquy. But there is someone else involved; the viewer. So it is more like a dialogue. It is that silent, emotional pas de deux between the two in which I am most interested."


Ferguson’s paintings are in many prominent private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the soon to open Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
 
Stephen Schwartz
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The British Museum, London
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas
Martin Scorsese
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Michael Jesselson
Laurence Mark
Chris Columbus
The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
Richard Brown Baker Collection, Yale
The New York Historical Society
The City of Amsterdam
Martin Margulies
Estate of Edward Asner
Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism
The Dubi Shiff Art Collection
Michigan Bell Telephone
Spencer Museum, University of Kansas
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Javits
Richard McKenzie, Seven Bridges Foundation
Richard Massey
Yeshiva University Museum, New York
The New York Public Library
Hebrew Union College Museum, New York
The Museum of the City of New York
Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich
Albertina, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna
Forbes Magazine Collection, New York
MTA, New York
Robert Shaye
Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon
Hofstra University Museum, New York
The Brooklyn Historical Society
U.S. State Department
Lawrence Van GelderKing's College, New York
Racine Museum of Art, Wisconsin
Gail Levin
Estate of H.W. Janson
Carol Feinberg and Ken Gilman
Reflex Museum of Miniature Art, Netherlands

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2023

Storied Strings, Frist Museum, Nashville curator, Leo Mazow

2022

Storied Strings, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, curator Leo Mazow

 

The Art of the American Guitar, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

2020

"On Being Human" (group exhibition), Valley House Gallery, Dallas

 

Yeshiva University Museum, (group exhibition), New York

2019

Creatures (group exhibition) Gallerie Bassenge, Berlin, Germany

 

20 x 20, (group exhibition) MEAM Museum, Barcelona

2018

"American Dream" Kunsthalle, Emden, Germany

2017

Solo Exhibition, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York

2014

Touring Solo Exhibition, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles

 

Tough and Tender, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv

2012

By the Book The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, curated by Shlomit Steinberg

 

Painting My Father, Hebrew Union College Museum, New York (solo)

2011

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas

 

E.G. Conference (presenter), Monterey, California

 

Reflex Museum of Miniature Art, Netherlands

 

From the Hand: Drawings from the Collection, Hofstra University Museum, New York

 

Dallas Art Fair, Texas

2010

Paintings of Urban Intimacy, Gallery Henoch, New York (solo)

 

Dallas Art Fair, Texas

2009

Art of the Twentieth Century, New York

 

Los Angeles Art Fair, California

2008

Art of the Twentieth Century, New York

2006

The Eye of the Collector, Hebrew Union College, curator Laura Kruger, New York

2005

Yeshiva University Museum (solo), curator Reba Wulkan, New York

 

Impressions of New York, New-York Historical Society, curator Marilyn Symmes, New York

 

Beauty and the Book, The Israel Museum, curator Hagit Alon, Jerusalem

2004

The Art of Sport, The Israel Museum, curator Efrat Natan, Jerusalem

 

The Art of Aging, (national tour) Hebrew Union College, curator Laura Kruger, New York

 

92nd Street Y, New York (solo)

2003

ACA Galleries, New York (solo)

2002

Summer in the City, ACA Galleries, New York

 

Madison Art Partners, New York (solo)

2000

Cow Parade, New York

 

Art for Embassies Program U.S. State Department

1999

First Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco

1998

Realism, Amarillo Museum of Fine Arts, curator Jay Fletcher, Amarillo

 

TDI Bus Poster, International public awareness campaign

1997

20th Century Realism, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Qgunquit

 

Contemporary Realism, Van Der Griff Gallery, Santa Fe

1996

Gallery Henoch, New York (solo)

1995

Virtual Reality, The Armory, New York

 

Picturing New York, The Museum of the City of New York

1994

New York Realism a touring exhibition, curator Douglass Dreishpoon, Japan

1993

Gallery Henoch, New York (solo)

1992

Urban Realities, Fairfield University, curator Amy Simon

1991

Monochrome/Polychrome, Florida State University Museum, curator Allys Palladino-Craig, Tallahassee

 

Artists Love New York, City Arts, New York

 

Art Cologne, Galerie Ulrich Gering, Cologne

 

Basel Art Fair, Galerie Igne Baecker

1990

Coney Island, Gallery Henoch, New York (solo)

 

Self-Portraits, John Szoke Graphics, New York

1988

Art at the Armory, New York

1987

Contemporary New York Urban Visions, Adelphi University, curator Amy Simon, Garden City, New York

 

Nocturnes and Nightmares, Florida State University Museum, curator Allys Palladino-Craig, Tallahassee

 

Prints in Motion, Associated American Artists, New York

 

Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Dessing, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

 

Mural Project, Canal Street Post Office, New York

1986

Littlejohn-Smith Gallery, New York (solo)

 

Musee D’Arte Contemporain de Dunkurque, France

 

Nocturnal Imagery, OK Harris Works of Art, New York

 

Pratt/Silvermine International Print Competition, curator William S. Lieberman, Purchase Award, New Canaan, Connecticut

1985

Starved for Art, School of Visual Arts Museum, curator Lowery Sims, New York

1984

Gallery Henoch, New York (solo)

1983

Audubon Artists Annual Stefan Hirsch Award, New York

1981

Gallery Mokum, Amsterdam

1980

Small Works, New York University Washington Square East Galleries, New York

1979

Koopt Kunst, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

SELECTED PERIODICALS

2022

American Psychologist (cover story) February Anne. E. Kazak

2019

La Gazette Drouot May

2018

The Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2018, The Times of London, Literary Supplement, December 20

2017

American Art Collector, May

2014

Strings Magazine, Rory Williams, May

 

Llei D'art, Luisa Noriega, January

2013

American Psychologist, Kate F. Hays, December

 

Empty Magazine (Australia), January

2012

Gula (Brazil), Luara Skrzek, August

 

London Times, Times Literary Supplement, August 31

 

The New York Times, Marie Elena Martinez, April 15

 

The Wall Street Journal, Sameer Reddy, April 16

 

Fine Art Connoisseur, Peter Trippi, April

 

Crystal Bridges Museum Magazine, Linda DeBerry, September

 

American Artist, June

 

City Arts, Valerie Gladstone, April 18

 

Robb Report (online) May 8

 

Fathers and Sons: Max Ferguson's "Paintings of My Father," 1982-2011, June 17

 

Huffington Post, Jeanine Barone, June 17

 

Worth Magazine, June

 

The Jewish Press Magazine, Menachem Wecker, March 23

2011

ARTnews, Gerard Haggerty, February

 

New York University Alumni Magazine, Megan Doll, Spring

 

The Artist's Magazine, BJ Foreman, September

 

Professional Artist Magazine (cover story), Louise Buyo, September

2010

The Daily News, Patrick Huguenin, November 8

 

Huffington Post, Jesse Kornbluth, November 12

2009

Logos, (Italy), June

2008

Super Interessante, (Brazil), December

 

New York Spaces, June

 

Focus, (Italy), May

2007

Art & Antiques, Collector’s Sourcebook, Joseph Jacobs, December

2004

In New York, July

2002

The Robb Report, December

2000

Harper’s Magazine, January

1999

The New York Times, May 18

1998

ARTnews, Milton Esterow, April

 

The New York Post, Neil Travis, April 12

 

The New York Post, Cindy Adams, January 28

 

Artspeak, Ed McCormack, January

 

The Villager, Jerry Tallmer, January 21

 

The Dublin Examiner, (Ireland), Sean McCarthaigh, January 8

 

The Evening Herald, (Great Britain), Smantha McCaughren, January 6

1997

The Forward, May 16

1996

New York Magazine, John Connolly, September 9

 

The Daily News, Salvatore Arena, September 2

 

The Forward, Douglas Century, May 17

 

Where Magazine, Paulette Weiss, May

 

The New York Post, Matt Tader, May 14

 

The New York Post, Philip Messing, May 8

 

The Daily News, George Rush, Joanna Molloy, May 3

 

Our Town, April 25

1994

Hadassah Magazine, Joan Schwartz-Michel, March

1993

Yiddish Forverts, Miriam Schmulevitz-Hoffman, May 28

 

The Jewish Week, May 21

 

The New York Post, Jerry Tallmer, April 30

1992

Manhattan Spirit, Tim Cavanaugh, September

 

The New York Times, (Westchester Edition), Vivien Raynor, March 15

1991

The New York Times, (Westchester Edition), William Zimmer, August 4

 

Art & Antiques, Patrick Pacheco, May

1990

The New York Post, Jerry Tallmer, June 15

 

Downtown, June 6

 

The New York Times, Lonnie Schlein, May 27

1987

The New York Times, Richard Levine, December 9

 

The New York Times, (Connecticut Edition), Phyllis Braff, October 25

 

The New York Times, Vivien Raynor, August 14

 

New York Newsday, Scott Ladd, May 11

 

X Man Magazine, (Japan), Hajima Koyama, March

1986

Arts Magazine, John Loughery, November

 

The New Yorker, September 29

 

New York Newsday, Stuart Troup, September 3

 

The New York Times, (Connecticut Edition), William Zimmer, February 16

1981

New Israelitisch Weekblad, (Netherlands), June 26

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2022

Storied Strings, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leo Mazow 300pp

2017

The American Dream, Harry Tupan, W Books, 212 pp.

 

Lulu in New York, Unicorn Press, 128 pp.

2012

Painting My Father, Gail Levin, 32 pp.

 

Marquis Who's Who in American Art

2011

Art Journey America: Landscapes, North Light Books, Cincinatti

 

From the Hand, Hofstra University Museum, Karen T. Albert, New York

 

Richard Brown Baker Collection, Yale University

 

Art and Freedom VI, Arte Libro Gallery, Spain, 290 pp.

 

Reflex Museum of Miniature Art, Catalogue, Netherlands

2010

Paintings of Urban Intimacy, Introduction by Christian Viveros-Fauné, New York, 32 pp.

 

Yeshiva University Museum: The First 35 Years, Sylvia Herskowitz, New York, 256 pp.

2008

Seven Bridges Collection: The First 15 Years, 389 pp.

 

Intorno Alla Pittura, Dario Lodi, Piccola Bilioteca, Italy, 106 pp.

2006

Going, Going, Gone Paintings of a Vanishing New York, 48 pp.

 

The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka

 

Hebrew Union College, Laura Kruger, New York, 220 pp.

 

40 Years: A Dealer’s Collection, Gallery Henoch, New York, 32 pp.

2005

Impressions of New York, New York Historical Society, Marilyn Symmes,New York, 304 pp.

 

Beauty and the Book, Israel Museum, Hagit Alon, Jerusalem, 24 pp.

2003

The Art of Aging Hebrew, Union College, Laura Kruger, New York, 102 pp

 

Max Ferguson, exhibition catalogue ACA Galleries, New York, 32 pp.

2001

Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature, Edited by Jane Lahr Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 240 pp.

2000

Painting the Town, Paintings from the Museum of the City of New York, Yale University Press, 374 pp.

1999

Monochrome/Polychrome, exhibition catalogue, Jerome Sternn, Florida State University Gallery and Museum, 48 pp.

1996

Great Jewish Quotations, edited by Alfred J. Kolatch, Jonathan David, Inc, New York, 612 pp.

 

Max Ferguson, exhibition catalogue, Gallery Henoch, New York, 24 pp.

1994

New York Realism-Past and Present, exhibition catalogue, Douglas Dreishpoon, Ph.D.,166 pp. (touring exhibition of five museums in Japan and the United States).

1993

Yiddish II, textbook, Mordekhe Schaechter, Yiddish Language Resource Center, New York, 561 pp.

1987

Nocturnes and Nightmares, exhibition catalogue, Allys Palladino-Craig, Florida State University Gallery and Museum, 56 pp.

 

Prints in Motion, exhibition catalogue, Robert P. Conway, Associated American Artists, New York, 12 pp.

1986

International Prints, exhibition catalogue, Pratt Graphics Center and the Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts, William S. Lieberman, Silvermine, Connecticut, 2

1983

Audubon Artists Annual, exhibition catalogue, New York, 16 pp.

1978

Koopt Kunst, exhibition catalogue, Gemeentekunstaankopen, Amsterdam, 264 pp.

TELEVISION / RADIO

2013

WKCR FM New York, Mahima Chablani

2012

NBC, Today in New York, June 17

 

NBC Evening News with Chuck Scarborough, June 5

1996

ABC, New York Views with Roz Abrams, July

1992

ARD Television, (Germany), Brighton Beach, April

1991

National Geographic Explorer Series, The Subways, September

EDUCATION

1980

New York University, B.S.

1979

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam