Max Ferguson Solo Exhibition | Painting My Father

Max Ferguson’s 13th Solo Exhibition: Painting My Father

Broadway Barber (oil, 36x36) by Max Ferguson

Hebrew Union College Museum in New York will host Max Ferguson’s 13th  solo exhibition, Painting My Father, from April 15-June 29, 2012. This show will correspond with what would have been the 100th birthday of Ferguson’s father, New York lawyer Richard Jacob Ferguson, and will feature a series of 30 paintings completed over a 30-year period. Born in 1912, the year the Titanic sunk and six years before women won the right to vote, Jacob Ferguson experienced a large portion of the cultural and social change of New York City. Max Ferguson’s paintings are essentially autobiographical, and those of his father complement his mission to capture the tones and moods of a developing New York.

Ferguson studied animation at New York University, changing his major to painting after he spent his junior year abroad at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1979. He developed an admiration for Dutch 17th century painters and sought to integrate their techniques with contemporary urban realism. His works hang in numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, which opened in November, 2011.

In addition to the exhibition, a fully illustrated 32-page catalog will be published with an introduction by noted art historian Gail Levin. Contact Edward Whitley of The Bridgeman Art Library for more information about the catalog:

Hebrew Union College Museum is located at One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan; hours are Monday-Thursday 9-5 p.m.

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Read more about Max Ferguson and view a sample of his work in the September 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.



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