“For nearly 50 years Max Ginsburg has created paintings that explore the
human experience, ranging from everyday activities to social injustices.
Throughout his career he has maintained a commitment to realism
when teachers, galleries, museums and even institutions where he taught
often viewed it with contempt.” ~ Naomi Ekerigin, American Artist, December 2010
Max Ginsburg is a New York City native and artist with a conscience. He is regarded as one of the most respected and accomplished contemporary realist painters who paints the provocative issues of our time to comment on issues of class, gender and race. A Social Realist, he is outraged by war, the hypocrisy of our leaders and the social policies of a government leaving its’ people behind. His concern for social justice makes him a humanist but not a sentimentalist.
In his artist statement he writes, “I am a realist in the tradition of Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Repin, Dagnan- Bouveret, Sorolla, Millet and Kollwitz. I have chosen to paint realistically because realist art can communicate ideas and emotions strongly and viscerally. In addition I am inspired and deeply moved when I see and experience skillful realistic drawings and paintings. My realist art is contemporary because it speaks to peoples issues and in a language that strongly resonates with audiences today. My paintings are about people and their relationship to society. I try to paint truthfully about the world I see with compassion for humanity. The issues in my work range from war and peace, justice and racism to the people I see every day on the streets of my home town, New York."
This exhibition will feature 14 large-scale paintings, including two of his most recent works “Foreclosure” and “Unemployed On Line.” This will be the first time an exhibit of his work will be seen Syracuse, New York since 1953 when he exhibited at Syracuse University as a graduating BFA student.
Unemployed On Line (2013)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 1- 4:30pm $20 sliding scale workshop fee, scholarships available ArtRageous Engagement Series ~ The Art of the TableauIn celebration of Max Ginsburg, theater educator Len Fonte will lead a Tableau Theater workshop at ArtRage.
Participants in this workshop, inspired by the emotion of Ginsburg's paintings,
will capture the drama of "conflict" in three dimensions through the creation of living tableaus.
Participants should come to the workshop with a headline or article about a current event conflict
AND one photo containing at least three figures in conflict.