Preview: Max Ferguson "Painting My Father" 30 Years of Painting a New York Everyman
Max Ferguson is an artist who depicts New York City in his classical oil paintings inspired by Edward Hopper and 17th-century Dutch genre paintings. For the last 30 years one of Ferguson’s main subjects was his father, Richard Ferguson. The first of this series was painted in 1982, a view from inside a tag covered train, looking out the window at his father standing on the 28th Street subway station platform (pictured above.) All together, the series is not only a portrait of a man, but also create a portrait of the city, depicting the elder Ferguson purchasing the Sunday Times and Eating a sandwich at Katz’s Deli.
In Painting My Father, opening today at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in Greenwich Village, Max Ferguson offers 30 years of these realist snapshots. The show captures his father against a backdrop of a fading midcentury New York. Five weeks after losing his wife of 58 years in 2005, Richard Ferguson died at 92. An opening reception on May 8 will commemorate what would have been his 100th birthday, and honor New York City’s everyman.