Admission for this event is free. Open to the public. Sponsored by the SCNY Program Committee.
Author Roger Pasquier will discuss his book Painting Central Park at the Salmagundi Club January 18, 2018, at 6:30pm.
“It’s hard to think of anyone adding something entirely original to the vast array of books on Central Park, but Roger Pasquier has managed to do just that. Painting Central Park is much more than a sumptuous coffee table book or catalogue of significant artworks. Using artists’ representations of the park, Pasquier has produced an erudite, multifaceted, intergenerational portrait of the world’s most popular landscape.” Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, president of the Foundation of Landscape Studies
Central Park has been called “one of the greatest works of art in America,” and it, in turn, has inspired many of America’s greatest painters. From Impressionists and members of the Ashcan School to twenty-first-century conceptual artists and Photorealists, painters have depicted the park’s landscapes, landmarks, and activities in some of their most iconic work. But until now, no book has shown the importance of Central Park to American art or illustrated the wide range of work it has generated.
A new book, Painting Central Park by Roger F. Pasquier, collects the works of major figures in American art who have painted this iconic space, including George Bellows, William Merritt Chase, William Glackens, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Maurice Prendergast, Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, and Winslow Homer, as well as living artists as varied as Christo and Richard Estes. From early landscapes showing the park during construction, to views of its major landmarks like the Bethesda Terrace and Conservatory Water, to scenes of crowds at play and people in solitary contemplation, to the evolving vistas of the cityscape that frames this urban oasis, Painting Central Park provides a rich and varied visual history reflecting much of the American social experience.
About the author:
Roger F. Pasquier was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park. He studied art history at Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. A lifelong birdwatcher, Pasquier spends hours in the park all through the year. He has written several books on birds and one combining his interests in birds and art, Masterpieces of Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration. Roger Pasquier previously worked at Bird Life International, World Wildlife Fund-US, Environmental Defense Fund and the National Audubon Society. Roger acted as chair of the Board for the conservation organization Rare from 1992 until 2000. He was the founder and president of the Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest, where he led efforts to help local organizations, including CEDIA, protect millions of acres of Amazon rainforest. Roger served as a Board member of Rainforest Trust from 2000-2003.