Since the early 1960s, artist Philip Pearlstein has been critically exploring and scrutinizing the human body, avoiding idealization of the nude form in his work. Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pearlstein was a college friend, and later roommate of Andy Warhol.
“He is fascinated with the beauty of form, and by beauty I mean power. This is a man studying structure and the math of its glamour as deeply as the ancient philosophers. As if understanding the essence of the endoskeleton might uncover the sublime.”
– Desiree Avarez (Pearlstien’s model of 18 years)