David Shainberg: A Life With Color, 1984-1993

August 26 - November 6, 2016

Curated by:
Martha Seelenberger
Opening Reception:
Friday, September 2, 8pm

About the Exhibition

David Shainberg (1932-1993) began painting in the late 1970s, and committed to it full-time after retiring from his career as a psychoanalyst in 1981. He created most of his work in Wellfleet, where he lived six months out of the year and exhibited in local galleries. In 1989, he and artist Elspeth Halvorsen founded the Rising Tide Gallery in Provincetown, where he showed in group and solo exhibitions until his death in 1993.

Working with oil, gouache, and acrylic Shainberg’s abstract expressionist landscapes, figures, houses, and roads are known for their vibrant use of color. This exhibition will feature nearly 30 paintings where the emotionally poignant energy of his intense images are evidence of his long and distinguished career as a psychoanalyst.

Artist Sideo Fromboluti wrote in Provincetown Arts Magazine: “Among other things, this man was sometimes a psychiatrist, sometimes an artist. The one field requiring analysis, the other an intuitive vision. The first involved with humanity, reaching out to aid one’s fellow man, the other self-searching, dealing with one’s own self, hoping that through knowing the self a contribution can be made to society. Such a pattern to live by sounds complicated, and it is. But then add to that the burden, intensity of purpose, and we have David Shainberg before us.”

About the Artist

Born in Memphis, TN in 1932, David Shainberg graduated from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained as a psychoanalyst at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. He became Dean of Education at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in NYC and Editor of the Psychoanalytic Journal. Among his many publications, Shainberg authored a book The Transforming Self: New Dimensions in Psychoanalytic Process (1973) that was a precursor to his contributions in the fields of psychoanalysis and spirituality.

During his professional practice (1963-1981), he was also a leading force behind the integration of Eastern and Western philosophies in the understanding of consciousness and experience. The first to bring psychoanalysts and Eastern spiritual leaders together, he collaborated with Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm in videotaped discussions called The Power of Illusion, later published in the 1979 book, The Wholeness of Life.

Throughout and after his teaching and practice, he was also an artist of formidable talent. In 1981, Shainberg left his psychoanalytic practice to devote himself full-time to painting, where he was not only prolific, but painted with a vigorous and passionate brush. The power, the drive, and his restlessness remained in every bit of his life and work to the time of his death in December 1993.

About the Curator

Martha Seelenberger studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Católica (Chile), specializing in Conservation & Restoration, and holds a degree in Liberal Arts from CUNY.

She has worked on the cultural and artistic heritage field for over twenty years, including a seven year period at the Parks & Recreation’s Monuments Conservation Program in New York City. She is currently a consultant for the Chilean National Conservation & Restoration Center, (CNCR).

During the last decade she has produced “The Art of Andy Warhol” (traveling exhibition) and “Keith Haring 1983-1990” for the Centro de Extension de la Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago among others.

Ancillary Events

Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture

Tuesday, September 13, 7pm

Join professor and friend of the artist John Briggs for a gallery talk.

General admission $10/free for PAAM members