Max Ginsburg

BIOGRAPHY

Max Ginsburg Biography

American, b. 1931

Max Ginsburg received his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA from City College of New York. Since then, his true to life New York City sidewalk scenes have received numerous awards including, Christopher Award, Pauline Law Award, The Edith Lehman Prize, and honorable mentions from both Audubon and Salamagundi.  Ginsburg Is an active member of the Allied Artists and the Society of Illustrators and his work has been commissioned by New York Times Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Harper Collins Publications, Dial Books/Penguin Publications and many others.  His paintings also hang in many prominent collections, such as New Britain Museum of American Art CT, Martin Luther King Labor Center, H. J. Heinz Company and those of Jules Bernstein, Dom DeLuise, Edgar Bronfman, Harvey Fierstein, and David Brenner.

Artist’s Statement:

I have lived and worked in New York all my life. As a New Yorker, I feel a personal and deep connection to this rich, energetic and beautiful city with its amazingly diverse population. My objective is to paint about the people of New York, realistically and with compassion. I have expressed my strongly held feelings about peace and justice; deep outrage to war, injustice and torture are conveyed in some of my paintings. With regard to these themes, I have been inspired by Old Masters such as Caravaggio, Goya, Kollwitz and Picasso. I choose to paint realistically because I believe realism is truth and truth is beauty. I derive an aesthetic pleasure in skillfully done realistic drawings and paintings. I believe that realism can communicate ideas strongly and it is this communication that is extremely important to me.” – Max Ginsburg

Education:
High School of Music and Art, New York, NY (1945-1949)
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, BFA (1949-1953)
City College of New York, New York, NY, MA (1960-1963)
Studied informally with Abraham Ginsburg over many years

Teaching:
High School of Art and Design, New York, NY (1960 -1982)
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (1984 -2000)
Art Students League, New York, NY (1997-2000; 2008-2011)

Workshops:
Art Students League, New York, NY
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA
Atelier de Bresoles, Montreal, Canada
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
Academy of Fine Arts, Laval, QC, Canada

Painting Demonstrations:
Allied Artists of America, New York, NY
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Laguna College of Art, Laguna, CA
Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
 
Solo Exhibitions:
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2011 (Retrospective)
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 2011 (Retrospective)
International Peace Museum – Missing Art Space, Dayton, OH 2009
Martin Luther King Labor Center Gallery,1199
SEIU, New York, NY 2008
Franklin Mint, Exton, PA 1993
Reyn Gallery, New York, NY 1980
Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 1980, 1978, 1977,
1975, 1974,1972, 1971, 1969, 1968, 1966
Gallery 306, Bala Cynwood, PA 1979
Martin Luther King Labor Center, Local
1199, New York, NY 1977, 1972
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 1953

Selected Awards:
“Best in Show” Award – Art Renewal Center Salon, 2011
Joseph Hartley Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club
non-members Juried Exhibition, 2010
Philip Desind Award, 72nd National Midyear Exhibition,
The Butler Institute of American Art, 2008
Forbes Magazine Award, Salmagundi Club
non-members Juried Exhibition, 2008
Collectors Prize, 71st National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, 2007
Best in Show Award, Salmagundi Club
non-members Juried Exhibition, 2007
Elias and Lillian Judith Newman Award, Audubon Artists, 2007
The Len G. Everett Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America, 2006>
Silver Medal, Audubon Artists, 2006
Chairman’s Award, Art Renewal Center, 2005
Purchase Prize, Art Renewal Center, 2005
The Ethel Gilmore – Charles J. Romans Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America, 2005
Silver Medal, Allied Artists of America, 2004
Art Emis Award, Romance Writers of America, 2004
The Christophers Award, The Christophers, 1991
Merit Award, The Art Directors’ Club, 1987
Gold Medal, The Society of Illustrators, 1984
Teacher Recognition Award, Board of Education of New York City, 1979
Salmagundi Club Award, Allied Artists of America, 1978
Jane Peterson Award, Allied Artists of America, 1974
Jane Peterson Award, Allied Artists of America, 1964
Pauline Law Award, National Arts Club, 1963
Edith Lehman Award, Allied Artists of America, 1962
Gloria Layton Prize, Allied Artists of America, 1961
 
Group Exhibitions – Invitational and Juried, Museums and Galleries:
Allied Artists of America, NY
Allied Artists of America Traveling Show:
Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
Wayne Stark Gallery, TX
Museum of Texas Tech University, TX
Bergstrom Mahler Museum, WI
Dauville Museum of Fine Art and History, VA
Krasl Art Center, MI
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NY
America China Oil Painting Artists League (ACOPAL) at the National Art Club, 2011
Art Cries Out (online)
Art Students League, NY
Art Renewal Center (Online)
Audubon Artists, NY
Bronfman Center, NYU, NY
The Butler Institute of American Art, Midyear Exhibitions, OH
Cavalier Galleries, Inc., CT
Franklin Mint, PA
Gallery Henoch, NY
Grand Central Galleries, NY
Harbor Gallery, NY
Hard Times Traveling Show:
Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, UT
Springville Museum of Art, UT
Salmagundi Club, NY
Hermitage Foundation Museum, VA< Jenkins Johnson Gallery, CA
Martin Luther King Labor Center, NY
Museum of the City of New York, NY
National Academy of Design Biennials, NY
New-York Historical Society, NY
Salander O’Reilly Gallery, NY
Salmagundi Club, NY
Society of Illustrators, NY
Public Collections:
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
SEIU – Service Employees International Union, Washington, DC
Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Art Renewal Center, Morristown, NJ
National Labor College, Silver Springs, MD
New York Cultural Center Museum/Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ
Martin Luther King Labor Center, New York, NY
H.J. Heinz Company, PA

Reviews and Articles:
Enduring Realism, American Artist 2011
Hard Times, American Artist 2010
Interview with Max Ginsburg, Poets and Artists (Online Magazine), 2010
Radio Interview, WVOX, The Lyn Handler Show, 2009
“Max Ginsburg, Seeing Form, Not Formulas,” by Steve
Doherty, Workshop Magazine, 2008
Cable TV Interview, Bronx Net Channel 67, 2008
Review “The Butler Institute Midyear Exhibition,” Business Journal, 2007
“Working-Class Choreography,” by Steve Smith, The Artist’s Magazine, 2006
“The Illustrator in America 1860-2000” by Walt Reed, Collins Press Review “Art On Labor,” The
Village Voice, 1986
Review “New York Through Artists’ Eyes,” by Grace Glueck, The New York Times, 1983
“How I Paint a Figure Composition,” by Max Ginsburg, Palette Talk, 1981
Review of Ginsburg Exhibition, The Observer, 1981
Review of Ginsburg Exhibition, The Philadelphia Enquirer, 1979
Noticias Das Caldas, 1978
Review, Paul Raymond, World Magazine, 1972
“Max Ginsburg: Underground and Above Ground,” by Irwin Greenberg, American Artist, 1970
Reviews of Ginsburg Exhibitions by Jeanne Paris, Long Island Press and Newsday, 1966-1980
Reviews of Ginsburg Exhibitions by Malcolm Preston, Newsday, 1966-1980

Clients:
New York Times Magazine
New York Magazine
Dial Books
Harper Collins Publications
Bantam Publications
Penguin Publications
Harlequin Enterprises
Warner Publications
Fortune Magazine
H.J. Heinz & Co.
Dell Publications
Puffin Books
Crown Books
Berkley Publications
Franklin Mint
Leisure Books
Simpson Paper Co.
T.V. Guide
Thames Television