May 2023

A Vernissage in Manhattan

Philip Gerstein



"To participate in the endless cycle

of modulated emotional choices --

the struggle of negativity and hope,

and the turning of this crazy world of ours --

is inescapable; but in my work,

optimism invariably wins and the vision

of a better, artist created world prevails."

~From my exhibition statement for

Shared Habitat Earth  (March 2023)


Manhattan is crowded these days. An almost pre-pandemic bustle prevails anew. The local art scene in our nation's Art Capital is no exception -- at least judging by the Opening night of my group show at gallery LICHTUNDFIRE on Lower East Side in April.



Gallery LICHTUNDFIRE opening April 13th


The show is titled TOTEM and TABOO. Its well-curated selection features five of my paintings, ranging from medium to smaller in size, but outsize in their contribution of color and textural complexity.


The following then is a mostly visual record of my images and of the very enjoyable vernissage itself.



"Morningside - Beyond the Pillars of Heracles", 30 x 30 in. (76 x 76 cm),   Oil stick, acrylic, & mixed textural media on wood panel, 2021


Presenting to you Lichtundfire Director, Priska Juschka, the show's curator


Gerstein_In the Spirit of Fire (24x24)

"In the Spirit of Fire" 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm),   Oil stick,  acrylic, pigment, & mixed media on wood panel,  2017


Lichtundfire 4-23_0933


Gerstein_Count O'litski (24x36)

"Count O'litski",  24 x 36 in. (61 x 91 cm),   Oil stick, acrylic,   glass beads & mixed textural media on wood panel ,  2017


A pair of particularly experimental paintings follows, embracing the spirit and subject of this show.



"The Name of the Wind",   20 x 30 in. (51 x 76 cm),   Oil stick, acrylic, & textural and mixed media on wood panel,  2018


Lichtundfire 4-23_0935


Gerstein_Who Knows a Thorn from a Rose (18x18)

"Who Knows a Thorn from a Rose",  18 x 18 in. (46 x 46 cm),   Acrylic, collage & textural media on wood panel,  2017


It is probably fair to end this visual journey with a pair of young lovers, to take the stock of the future of our art audience and the promise they perhaps represent. Art for the young and the young at heart!




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Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Philip Gerstein began exhibiting his work in the 1980's, while pursuing a PhD in Art History at Harvard University. He studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Japanese calligraphy with Toshu Ogawa. Gerstein exhibits in NYC, Provincetown MA, and extensively in the Boston area, as well as organizing and curating painting and photography shows. For his paintings – extensively reviewed and widely collected see www.PhilipGerstein.com. For his other work in Scene4, check the Archives

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