Fall Quarter 2018, Studio Concentration: December 3-14, Monday – Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Fall Quarter 2018: Studio Concentration

Do not miss the unique opportunity to study with New York figurative master painter, Max Ginsburg, who will be visiting Gage in December to teach this year’s Studio Concentration in December 2018.

Students and instructor will paint from life each day with an alla prima procedure, stressing careful observation of the model regarding form, shapes, proportion, gesture, perspective, values and color. Ginsburg’s teaching method will direct students to paint the unique realities of each model. “We will paint what we see, not what we know,” (Charles Hawthorn) to capture the poetic beauty of the reality, not some formula. Ginsberg will discuss concepts, expression of concepts, contemporary realism, and the painting of the Old Masters.

This Studio Concentration will cover:

  • Head Studies,
  • Figure Studies,
  • the Portrait,
  • Painting the Figure,
  • and a Multi-Figure Composition from life with two models, for which Ginsburg is renowned and highly regarded.

Ginsburg will critique each student every day and give painting demonstrations. He will also paint half of each session on his own painting. Max believes that this is an excellent teaching tool, better in many ways than relying only on what the teacher says. In Ginsberg’s two-week long Studio Concentration students will have the opportunity to work with the artist for 30 of their 60 workshop hours, while working independently in a shared studio space. 

Biography: MAX GINSBURG one of the most respected and highly accomplished realist painters today, presents a retrospective collection of his paintings from 1956–2016.

AS A NEW YORK CITY PAINTER WITH A CONSCIENCE, and identifying with the people he paints, Ginsburg offers us a personal, “insiders” view of his city. The streets and the subways are vehicles through which he expresses his feelings about the human condition. Ginsburg is a humanist.
HE IS A SOCIAL REALIST not afraid to paint provocative social issues of our times. Ginsburg is continuing a social realist tradition practiced by many of the Old Masters who commented in their art as a social conscience in their time. He was outraged by the war in Iraq, the hypocrisy and lies of our leaders leading up to the war, and the criminality of torture by our government in our name without our consent. These concerns are powerfully expressed in his paintings “Torture Abu Ghraib”, “War Pieta” and “Peace March”. In “Foreclosure” the issue of greed and profit overriding peoples’ lives is another tragedy in our time. His concern for social and economic justice can be seen in “Unemployed On Line”, “Homeless” and “Blind Beggar”. 
AS A TRADITIONAL REALIST painting in a world of “Modern Art”, when realism was unpopular, Ginsburg survived the onslaught of the twentieth century’s modern trends. He is inspired by the artistry of realistically painting the human form. Ginsburg believes using realism enables him to strongly communicate his ideas. During his lifetime the galleries, museums, and especially the art schools and colleges practically eliminated the opportunity to learn and practice realist skills, thus severely restricting our right to freedom of expression.
AS AN ILLUSTRATOR for twenty four years, Ginsburg painted commissioned illustrations that conveyed the ideas of his client. These were not ideas based on his perception of reality. In addition artistic quality often suffered because of the client’s marketing directives. But the work brought in a good income to support his family.
AN INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER Max Ginsburg, among few others, provides students with an opportunity to learn these traditional skills. He has taught art at the High School of Art & Design, 1960-1982, the School of Visual Arts, 1984-2000, and since 2008 he has been teaching at the Art Students League and been giving workshops around the country and abroad. Ginsburg has inspired the development of many fine artists today. Much like his social commitment in his fine art, Ginsburg has the same dedication to his students.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
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