The Bartender by Bernard Perlin

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Bernard Perlin’s most acclaimed work is ORTHODOX BOYS. First exhibited at Perlin’s one-man show at the prestigious Knoedler & Co. in New York in 1948, ORTHODOX BOYS was purchased by Lincoln Kirstein who, in 1950, included it in an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London called “Symbolic Realism in American Painting, 1940-1950”. It was an important show, and from it Kirstein offered ORTHODOX BOYS to the Tate Gallery. It was accepted, making it the first contemporary painting admitted to the Tate, and the Tate’s first American work since Whistler. A well-known painting in the United Kingdom, in 1995 ORTHODOX BOYS was selected for the Sainsbury’s Pictures for Schools scheme. ORTHODOX BOYS is part of the Tate’s In Focus program for 2016.