November 23, 2009

Philip Mendlow's Body of Work at the American Jewish Museum until Dec 18

As the description says:
The first comprehensive look at his extensive career that spanned nearly five decades (at the American Jewish Museum (5738 Forbes), Body of Work surveys Pittsburgh artist and teacher Philip Mendlow. Drawn from his personal collection, the work in the exhibit represents the breadth of Mendlow's creative output. Revealing the connections and differences in his two and three-dimensional forms the exhibit comprises approximately 50 paintings, works on paper and sculptures.
To give you a little background on Philip Mendlow, he was born in Pittsburgh in 1933. Mendlow studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned a BFA in 1954, and was greatly influenced by painter and professor Balcom Greene's abstract works. He served in Paris, France, in the United States Army during the Korean War and decided to stay in Europe and study printmaking at William Stanley Hayter's Atelier 17 and later painting and art history at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He traveled throughout Europe before returning to Pittsburgh, where he taught drawing and painting at La Roche College, Carlow University, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh as well as Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA). Mendlow was involved with area arts organizations, including the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, and Western Pennsylvania Regional Scholastics. He died in Pittsburgh in November 2007.

(Video above was posted by YouTube user vmanuelbeltran)

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