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By Ginny Cohen Special to HAKOL Renowned social realist painter, Max Ginsburg, will showcase his work at The Baum School of Art in Allentown this fall, and hold a two-day workshop on figure painting. Ginsburg entered the art world in the 1950s, channeling his artistic energy and fueled by his New York City surroundings and its everyday people like subway riders, street vendors, caretakers and protest marchers. Many of Ginsburg’s paintings expose the injustices in the world, depicting both the humanity and inhumanity of man and social turmoil. He is the recipient of many awards, and his art resides in extensive exhibitions, museums and private collections. The Baum School will exhibit his work September 12 through October 19. Ginsburg grew up during the Depression in New York City in the Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park. He witnessed first-hand both antiSemitism and racism against blacks and other minorities. “Many of my relatives found it hard to get jobs, and many changed their last names to avoid anti-Semitism,” he said. “My mother and

father did not change their last name, and taught me to be proud of my heritage and not succumb to anti-Semitism.” The aftermath of World War II also shaped Ginsburg’s youth. “I remember the return of black GIs from the War. They did not have the same rights as white GIs,” he said. “Even German prisoners of war were allowed to use public facilities that were denied to Black GIs during segregation.” These experiences stayed with Ginsburg and influenced the direction of his art. Ginsburg’s father, Abraham, was a portrait painter and introduced his son to the world of traditional realism. Ginsburg continued his studies at the High School of Music and Art, Syracuse University and the City College of New York. As a student and later as a teacher, Ginsburg recognized that curricula lacked the study of traditional realist drawing and painting and instead that modern art dominated the art curricula in the art schools and colleges. He organized groups of students who were interested in realistic art and, early in the morning before classes began, provided them with an opportunity to study realistic art and paint from life. Ginsburg is also known for his illustrations,

MAX GINSBURG: THE SOCIAL REALIST MASTER September 12-October 19, 2012 OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 12 from 6:00-8:00pm DEMONSTRATION: Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00-5:30pm The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-9:30pm | Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm | Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm | Sunday: CLOSED All exhibitions at The Baum School of Art are free and open to the public

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a career that began in 1980. His varied cover art has adorned hundreds of books, from young adult narratives to romance novels. But his true love has always been painting about reality with a humanistic point of view. “I enjoy painting the truth,” he said. “In the words of John Keats, ‘Truth is beauty.’ It is ugly to evade the truth and falsify. When I paint a street scene, it is the human condition that is essential to the expression." The artists who influenced Ginsburg were those who excelled at capturing realistic situations in an emotional way. He cited Goya’s etchings and drawings of the “Disasters of War.” “I enjoy the 19th century Russian painters, like Repin and Kromskoi, who painted about the reality of the Russian people,” Ginsburg said. Altough his parents grew up in Odessa and Kishinev and suffered oppression at the hands of the Russian people before coming to the U.S., Ginsburg makes a distinction between the forces that give rise to oppression and those who carry it out. “I don't condemn American Christians who tried to beat me up as a child, saying that I killed Christ, or the German people under the Nazis or the Russians who followed the teaching of the

church to carry out terrible pogroms but nevertheless were victims of oppression themselves,” he said. “Oppression and all its forms, like torture, is wrong wherever it exists.” Ginsburg’s career, especially recently, hasn’t been without controversy. “Torture Abu Ghraib,” which illustrates an infamous torture scene from Abu Ghraib prison, raised some tempers at an exhibition held at the Hospital Workers Union Gallery in New York. Some of the union members confronted Ginsburg. “They told me I was un-American, and that the painting should be taken down. I told them that torture is un-American,” Ginsburg said. “Society should allow for free expression. Otherwise, we are violating democratic principles.” With a formidable career spanning more than 50 years, Ginsburg has always held strong to his convictions and painted the visual truth in an emotional way. Whether painting New Yorkers walking near a subway stop, or soldiers and civilians suffering during war time, Ginsburg has mastered his art. Ginsburg will hold a two-day workshop focusing on figure painting. More information about Ginsburg’s workshop is available on The Baum School of Art’s website at www.baumschool.org.

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Art in the City Gala at The Baum School of Art honors local philanthropist Fredda Fischman Each year, The Baum School of Art holds an annual gala, bringing together donors and local organizations in support of the community efforts of the school, and honors those whose service and generosity has made an impact on the local arts community. This year, The Baum School of Art is proud to announce that Fredda Fischman and her late husband, Bruce Fischman, will be honored for the financial assistance fund they founded known as STAR (Senior Tuition Assistance Reward), which for more than five years has provided creative older adults the means to find their passion through financial aid to study at The Baum School of Art. The gala dinner will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012, and also features acclaimed social realist painter Max Ginsburg. For more information contact The Baum School.

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