Burton Silverman - The Machines, Penn Station, New York
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Burton Silverman (American, 1928 - Present) painting titled, The Machines. Dated 1963. Oil on canvas. Painting size: 18 inches x 22 inches. Signed by the artist and dated in the lower right corner and titled on the stretcher. In this striking and controversial image, Burton Silverman captures the 1963 demolition of the old Penn Station in New York City, which paved the way for the construction of Madison Square Garden. The bases of the original Doric columns are proudly highlighted in stark opposition to the destructive forces of the incessant jack-hammers. The public outcry in condemnation of the demolition of this well-loved landmark proved to be the catalyst for the formation of the architectural preservation movement in the United States. Burton Silverman is a native of New York, with an international reputation as a 'realist' portrait painter. Born in Brooklyn, he attended Columbia University and first began exhibiting his art in 1956, together with a group of talented young artists who were dedicated to the 'realist' tradition of portrait painting. He has exhibited his paintings in over thirty solo shows, and his works are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery and in numerous other prestigious museums and institutions. He is a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society. His works have appeared on eight "Time" magazine covers, as well as in "The New Yorker," and he has designed dozens of U.S. postage stamps. He also produced the cover art for Jethro Tull's rock album, "Aqualung."