|Born||February 16, 1943|
Brooklyn, New York
|Education||City College of New York, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Hochschule fur Bildende Künste, Kassel, Germany|
|Known for||Painting, drawing, printmaking|
|The Fulbright Triptych, In Sleep, Passage of the Moon|
|Awards||Fulbright Fellowship, Germany;|
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome
Simon Dinnerstein (born February 16, 1943) is an American artist, best known for the painted work, The Fulbright Triptych (1971).
Education and career
Dinnerstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the City College of New York. He studied painting and drawing at the Brooklyn Museum Art School with Louis Grebenak, David Levine, and Richard Mayhew. He was a member of the faculty at the New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design, and New York City Technical College. He lectures widely and has lectured at Pennsylvania State University.
Style and influences
Dinnerstein's art is mostly in the figurative style, with folk, expressionistic, and surrealistic influences, possessing a "narrative" and "psychological edge". He uses a variety of media, pencils, charcoal, and oil paints. Dinnerstein renders still-lifes, but most of his work involves portraiture or human figures. He often "paints the figure in unexpected juxtaposition with landscape or interior elements", of which Dinnerstein says,
What interests me is the ability of Degas, Balthus, Lucian Freud and Antonio López García ... to deal with the figure ... to create art ... rich in scale, yet abstract adventurous, experimental ... deeply human ... a combination of modernism and tradition of skill medium and ... a fresh, personal response to the human form in art ... Hopefully my work speaks to these issues.
Often the human figures are portrayed against a background of hyperreality, or in dreamy surreal landscapes. Light plays an important role in Dinnerstein's work achieving "an inwardness ... in the play of light that radiates from the object and renders it mysterious" or makes "Brooklyn sunlight on an ordinary floor seem supernatural." The use of light contributes to Dinnerstein's paintings being described as "magical realism". In early Dinnerstein works, strong left-right symmetry prevails, although later works are noted for their asymmetry. Dinnerstein draws on diverse sources for inspiration: Northern European art (Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch), Mexican art (Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera), as well as literature (D. H. Lawrence, August Strindberg) and film (Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock).
The Fulbright Triptych
Dinnerstein's most notable painting, The Fulbright Triptych, was started in Germany in 1971 while he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Graphics. It was completed in 1974. A largely autobiographical work, it combines stark realism with American figurative tradition to produce a secular rendering of the usually religious form, the triptych.
Writer Jonathan Lethem commented: "Simon Dinnerstein's The Fulbright Triptych is one of those singular and astonishing works of art which seem to imply a description of the whole world merely by insisting on a scrupulous gaze at one perfect instant." The oil-on-wood painting consists of three panels approximately 14 feet wide, depicting a graphic artist's studio. Three figures, representing the Dinnerstein family, occupy the outer panels. The central panel consists of the artist's desk, engraving tools, a copper disk of the commissioned Fulbright engraving project, and an outward view in perspective of Hessisch Lichtenau (near to Kassel). Plants, photographs, old master's paintings, children's grade school writing, and an exit visa from Russia, appear tacked to the wall of the studio. The Triptych is noted for its symmetry, meticulous detail, mixture of textures, and sense of space.
Widely praised, with each viewer bringing a different sensibility and interpretation of the work, the painting is the subject of numerous essays, articles, and books, including The Suspension of Time: Reflections of Simon Dinnerstein's 'The Fulbright Triptych' edited by Daniel Slager, published 2011. Among the many who have commented on the painting are art critic John Russell, Guggenheim Foundation director Thomas M. Messer, art historian Albert Boime, artist George Tooker, writer Anthony Doerr, composer George Crumb, poet Dan Beachy-Quick, actor John Turturro, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.
In 1965, Dinnerstein married Renée Sudler, a noted educational consultant. Renée Dinnerstein is the author of the book Choice Time: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play, PreK-2 published in August 2016. She runs the popular blog, Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration and Play. They have a daughter, Simone Dinnerstein, a concert pianist. Both wife and daughter (as an infant) figure prominently in The Fulbright Triptych as well as other works.
Dinnerstein resides in Brooklyn, where, in addition to practicing his art, he teaches classes on art history and appreciation.
Videos and podcasts
- Simone Dinnerstein and Simon Dinnerstein In Conversation: An Interview with Robin Quivers at Consulate General of Germany, 2011
- Triptych: An Evening of Painting and Music (Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych and Robert Sirota, "Triptych", performed by the Chiara String Quartet)
- Simon Dinnerstein Exhibit at the Tenri Gallery: A Walk Through with Francis Cunningham, 2011
- Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych, audiocast interview with James McElhinney, Huffington Post, April 1, 2013
- “Simone Dinnerstein and Simon Dinnerstein: A Conversation on the Mysteries of Art and Family, 2018
List of awards
- Puffin Foundation Grant, 2011
- Robert Lehman Foundation Grant, 1999–2000
- Paul and Margaret Bertelson Prize for a portrait in any medium, 173rd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1998
- Ralph Fabri Prize for a graphic, 172nd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1997
- Elected Member, National Academy of Design, New York, 1992
- Cannon Prize, 163rd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1988
- Artists Space Grant, New York, 1987
- New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Drawing, 1987
- Artists Space Grant, New York, 1985
- Stefan Hirsch Memorial Award, Audubon Artists, New York, 1984
- Artists Space Grant, New York, 1983
- MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 1979
- Childe Hassam Purchase Award for Painting, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1978
- E.D. Foundation Grant, for study at the American Academy in Rome, 1978
- Ingram Merrill Award for Painting, Ingram Merrill Foundation, 1978–79
- Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, 1976–78 (Lazarus Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- E.D. Foundation Grant for study at the American Academy in Rome, 1977
- Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, 1976
- Childe Hassam Purchase Award for Painting, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1976
- Purchase Award, DRAWINGS USA, Minnesota Museum of Art, 1975
- Honorable Mention, Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship for Mural Painting, National Academy of Design, New York, 1975
- Fulbright Fellowship, Germany, in Graphics, 1970–71
- MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 1969
- Purchase Award, DRAWINGS USA, Minnesota Museum of Art, 1968
- First Prize, Brooklyn Museum of Art Exhibition, 1967
- Scholarship, Brooklyn Museum Art School, 1964–67
- 2018 The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
- 2017 The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych, Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- 2014–2015 The Fubright Triptych, University of Arkansas, School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas, on extended loan from the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn. State University
- 2011–2014 The Fulbright Triptych, German Consulate of New York, on extended loan from the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn. State University
- 2011 The Fulbright Triptych and Selected Paintings, Tenri Gallery, New York
- 2010 Simon Dinnerstein – Giclee Prints, Loupe Digital Studio
- 2010 Simon Dinnerstein-Giclee Prints, Open Studio, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York
- 2008 Simon Dinnerstein: One-Man Exhibit, Rainbow Room, New York
- 2006 Simon Dinnerstein, Open Studio: The Palette Paintings, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York December
- 1999 ACA Galleries, New York, Recent Paintings and Drawings
- 1999 Bread and Roses Gallery, The Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, NY
- 1999 Saint Peter's Church, New York (Retrospective Exhibition, The Fulbright Triptych and Flower Market, Rome)
- 1999–2000 Walton Arts Center, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas
- 2000 Texarkana Regional Arts Center, Texarkana, TexasX/Arkansas
- 2000 Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Virginia
- 1993 New School for Social Research, New York
- 1991 Saint Paul's School, Hargate Center, Concord, New Hampshire
- 1988 Staempfli Gallery, New York
- 1987 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
- 1985 Gallery 1199, The Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, New York
- 1981 New School for Social Research, New York
- 1979 Institute of International Education, New York; Staempfli Gallery, New York
- 1977 American Academy in Rome, Italy
- 1976–1977 The Fulbright Triptych, Institute of International Education, New York
- 1975 Staempfli Gallery, New York
Articles and reviews
- Featuring: Simon Dinnerstein, Colored Pencil magazine, December 2014
- Elana Hagler, Pursuing Humanity: An Interview with Simon Dinnerstein, April 21, 2013 Pursuing Humanity:An Interview with Simon Dinnerstein
- Cynthia Maris Dantzic 100 New York Painters Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., (November 2006) ISBN 978-0764325434, page 85
- Gabriela Lena Frank, Ghosts in the Dream Machine for Piano Quintet, (Composer's Statement), March 14, 2005 Composer's Statement
- Ilana Abramovitch, From Brownsville to Park Slope: An Interview with Simon Dinnerstein, Jews of Brooklyn, Brandeis University Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2001) ISBN 978-1584650034
- Deborah McLeod, From Visceral Portraits to Romanticized Nymphs, Bodies of Work, Richmond Times, September 1, 2000
- Edward Sullivan, The Urban View in the Art of Simon Dinnerstein, Simon Dinnerstein: Paintings and Drawings, Hudson Hills Press, 2000
- Roy Proctor, Exploring the Edge: No Slave to fashion, artist draws us into other states of mind, Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 20, 2000
- Joe Maniscalco, An Artist at Work: Park Slope Painter Lets You in on the Creative Process, Park Slope Courier, January 31, 2000
- Rudolph Arnheim, Pictures of the Lasting World, Simon Dinnerstein: Paintings and Drawings, Hudson Hills Press, (October 12, 1999) ISBN 978-0965048545
- Richard Mertens, Essential Realities: Simon Dinnerstein Draws the Essence of Art from the Commonplace, The Concord Monitor, October 25, 1991
- Albert Boime, Introduction: Simon Dinnerstein's Family Romance, The Art of Simon Dinnerstein, The University of Arkansas Press, 1990
- Thomas M. Messer, Foreword, The Art of Simon Dinnerstein, The University of Arkansas Press, 1990, ISBN 978-1557281425
- Theodore Wolff, The Kind Word for Such Art is 'Conservative'. The Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 1988
- Simon Dinnerstein, Looking At One's Own Artwork, American Artist, April, 1986
- Doug Turetsky, Simon Dinnerstein: Artist in the Round, Brooklyn Affairs, April, 1985
- Bennett Schiff, On a Roman Hill Scholars Dwell in an Estate Of Mind, Smithsonian, March, 1978
- Michael Andre, Simon Dinnerstein (Staempfli), Art News, March, 1975
- John Gruen, "On Art: Freilicher, Fish, Dinnerstein, Peterson, Baber", SoHo Weekly News, February 6, 1975
- George Staempfli, catalog essay, one-man exhibit, Staempfli Gallery, January 14 – February 8, 1975
- The Suspension of Time: Reflections on Simon Dinnerstein and 'The Fulbright Triptych', Daniel Slager (Editor), Publisher: Milkweed Editions; First Edition (June 14, 2011). Forty-five essays on The Fulbright Triptych.
- Simon Dinnerstein: Paintings and Drawings, Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1999. Essays by Rudolf Arnheim, Guy Davenport, Robert L. McGrath, John Russell, Edward J. Sullivan, Miller Willams.
- The Art of Simon Dinnerstein, The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, London, 1990. Essays by Albert Boime, Thomas M. Messer, George Tooker.
- "Simon and Simone Dinnerstein in Conversation: An Interview with Robin Quivers at the German Consulate of New York".
- Dantzic, Cynthia Maris (November 2006). 100 New York Painters. Schiffer Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 978-0764325434.
- Micchelli, Thomas (2019-05-11). "Encountering "The Fulbright Triptych"". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
- "Chronology of Simon Dinnerstein". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Mertens, Richard (October 25, 1991). "Essential Realities: Simon Dinnerstein Draws the Essence of Art from the Commonplace". The Concord Monitor.
- Messer, Thomas M. (November 1990). The Art of Simon Dinnerstein. Foreword: The University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1557281425.
- Smith, Roberta (August 11, 2011). "Rediscovered at the Altar of Art". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Hagler, Elana. "Pursuing Humanity: An Interview with Simon Dinnerstein". Painting Perceptions. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- Proctor, Roy (August 20, 2000). "Exploring the Edge: No Slave to Fashion, Artist Draws Us Into Other States of Mind". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
- Slager, Daniel, ed. (June 14, 2011). The Suspension of Time: Reflections on Simon Dinnerstein and The Fulbright Triptych. Milkweed Editions. ISBN 978-1571313263.
- Abramovitch, Ilana (2002). Jews of Brooklyn. Brandeis University Press. p. 169. ISBN 978-1584650034.
- Davenport, Guy, essayist (2000). The Art of Simon Dinnerstein, Simon Dinnerstein: Paintings and Drawings. Hudson Hills Press. ISBN 0965048543.
- Arnheim, Rudolph, essayist (2000). Simon Dinnerstein: Painting and Drawing. Hudson Hills Press.
- "Triptych: An Evening of Painting and Music: Simon Dinnerstein & Robert Sirota". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- McLeod, Deborah (September 1, 2000). "Bodies of Work: From Visceral Portraits to Romanticized Nymphs, Simon Dinnerstein's Retrospective at the Marsh Gallery Shows a Stylistic Niche through Every Turn of the Artist's Evolution". Richmond Style Weekly. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Dinnerstein, Simon (April 1986). "Looking At One's Own Artwork". American Artist.
- Boime, Albert (November 1990). The Art of Simon Dinnerstein. The University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1557281425.
- Dinnerstein, Simon. "The Fulbright Triptych". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- Russell, John (February 8, 1975). "In Dinnerstein's Painting, An Echo Chamber". The New York Times.
- André, Michael (March 1975). "Simon Dinnerstein (Staempfli)". Art News.
- "Author Bio: Renee Dinnerstein". Heinemann Publishing, of Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
- "About Renée Dinnerstein". Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "• Simone Dinnerstein • Simon Dinnerstein • In Conversation on Vimeo". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Triptych: An Evening of Painting and Music: Simon Dinnerstein & Robert Sirota". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- Video on YouTube
- "Simon Dinnerstein". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- "Simone Dinnerstein and Simon Dinnerstein: A Conversation on the Mysteries of Art and Family". Vimeo. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
- simondinnerstein.com/email/cpm1412_02.pdf "Simon Dinnerstain", Colored pencil, December 2014
The Fulbright Triptych articles and reviews
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- Roberta Smith, senior art critic, The New York Times, Re-discovered at the Altar of Art", August 11, 2011
- Roberta Smith, The New York Times, Simon Dinnerstein: The Fulbright Triptych, Museum & Gallery Listings, (listed for 81 consecutive weeks)
- Roberta Smith, The New York Times, "Last Chance: Simon Dinnerstein: The Fulbright Triptych", April 25, 2014
- John Russell, senior art critic, The New York Times, "In Dinnerstein's Painting, an Echo Chamber", February 5, 1975
- Thomas M. Messer, "No One Could Accuse" from The Suspension of Time by Dennis Slager, editor
- Donald Kuspit, contributing editor, Simon Dinnerstein: German Consulate General, Art Forum, November 2011
- James Panero, senior art critic, The New Criterion, Exhibition note, September, 2011
- Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Savoring Simon Dinnerstein's Fulbright Triptych, Fine Art Connoisseur, January/February 2014
- David Cohen, "The Art of Simon Dinnerstein", Art Critical, October 7, 2011
- Daniel Maidman, Simon Dinnerstein's Irregular Grid, Huffington Post, February 13, 2014
- Tim Nicholas, "Simon Dinnerstein: Analog of a World", Painter's Table, March 2014
- Kaitlin Pomerantz, "Luck of the Paint", BOMBlog (Bomb Magazine – Artists in Conversation), August 30, 2012
- Eric Herschthal, "The Jewish Echoes in The Fulbright Triptych", The Jewish Week, August 9, 2011
- Rebecca Park, "The Fulbright Triptych: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist", Diplomatic Courier
- Brian P. Kelly, "Critic's Notebook", The New Criterion, March 24, 2014
- Guy Davenport, "An Exchange of Letters", The Suspension of Time by Daniel Slager, editor
- Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Space Between the Pictures"[not specific enough to verify], The Suspension of Time by Daniel Slager, editor
- Edward Sullivan, "The Theology of Art"[not specific enough to verify], The Suspension of Time by Daniel Slager, editor
- George Tooker, Jonathan Lethem, J.M. Coetzee, The Suspension of Time
- Elizabeth Broun, Virginia Mecklenburg, Grady Harp, (untitled, undated, unattributed), [claimed: Vanity Fair, July 2011]
- Jonathan Liu, "Simon Dinnerstein Says", New York Observer, May 31, 2011
- Press release, The Suspension of Time, Milkweed Editions, 2011
- Press release, The Suspension of Time, Milkweed Editions, Victoria Meyer