The Original “Humans of New York”

🎨: “Underground, Together,” 1996, by Harvey Dinnerstein. Oil on canvas, 90 inches by 107 1/4 inches.⁠

Harvey Dinnerstein has been painting New Yorkers in New York scenes for over seventy years.

His book, “Harvey Dinnerstein: Artist at Work,” with text by the artist, was published by Watson-Guptill in 1978. Chronicle Books published a new monograph on his work, “Underground Together: The Art and Life of Harvey Dinnerstein,” with an introduction by Raman Frey and Wendi Norris, and essays by Pete Hamill and Gabriel P. Weisberg, in 2008.⁠

In 1994, Mr. Dinnerstein was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. In 1998, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. ⁠

His work is several museum collections, including the Lehman Collection of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Palm Springs Desert Museum; and the Whitney Museum. He is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery, New York.⁠

He’s also a beloved League instructor who has taught generations of students dedicated to the figurative tradition.⁠

Can you spot Mr. Dinnerstein’s self-portait in this multi-figure painting of his?⁠

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