In 1942, at the age of 18, two of Philip Pearlstein’s early paintings won a national competition sponsored by Scholastic Magazine, and were reproduced in colour in Life Magazine. In 1942 he enrolled at Carnegie Institute of Technology’s art school, but after one year was drafted by the US Army to serve during WWII. Pearlstein returned to his studies in 1946, meeting Andy Warhol as well as fellow student and future wife, Dorothy Cantor. Cited by critics as the preeminent figure painter of the 1960s to 2000s, he led a revival in realist art.

Pearlstein is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus with paintings in the collections of over seventy public art museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, amongst others.


2018     Philip Pearlstein, Today, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
2018     Philip Pearlstein, Paintings 1990- 2017, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2017     Facing You, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
2017     Philip Pearlstein: Seventy –Five Years of Painting, Susquehanna Museum of Art, Harrisburg, PA
2016     G.I. Philip Pearlstein, World War II Captured on Paper, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
2015-16     Pearlstein | Warhol | Cantor: From Carnegie Tech to New York, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY
2015     Pearlstein | Warhol | Cantor : From Pittsburgh to New York, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
2014     Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY
2014     Pearlstein at 90, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL
2014     Philip Pearlstein: Six Paintings, Six Decades, National Academy of Art, New York, NY
2014     Philip Pearlstein – Just The Facts, 50 Years of Looking and Drawing and Painting, Curated by Robert Storr, New York Studio School, New York, NY
2013     Philip Pearlstein’s People, Places, Things, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
2013     Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY
2011     Philip Pearlstein: Recent Paintings, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX
2011     Philip Pearlstein, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolors, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
2011     Philip Pearlstein: Oevres Récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
2010     Philip Pearlstein, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY
2010     Philip Pearlstein: Paintings and Watercolors (1990-2008). Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2009-10     Pearlstein/Held, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY
2009     Philip Pearlstein: Recent Works, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT
2008-09     Philip Pearlstein: Objectifications, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ