Philip Pearlstein was an American master, an artist who reinvented figure painting during a time when Abstract Expressionism ruled the art world. Beginning in the 1960s, he was at the forefront of a realist revival. State of the Arts visits Pearlstein in his Manhattan studio during a session with a model, and his cabin in Northern New Jersey where he works on a portrait of his neighbors. Curator Patterson Sims reflects on Pearlstein’s career, the arc of which was the subject of an exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum from October 2008 – February 2009.

Produced by Susan Wallner.