Skip to main content

Philip Pearlstein papers, circa 1940-2008

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

Series 10: Philip Pearlstein Draws the Artist's Model, Documentary production material, 1983-1991
8 linear feet
Boxes 23-30, SAV 31-35

Series contains video and sound recordings and paper documentation related to the 1985 documentary project
Philip Pearlstein Draws the Artist's Model
. The documentary was initially conceived of as a laserdisc project, using the interactive capabilities and image quality of the then-new laser video technology to create an enhanced instructional video for viewers to experience Pearlstein's process and paintings, and to utilize his teaching to practice drawing figures from Pearlstein's models. Production material found in the collection includes paper documentation, unedited footage on original camera tapes and duplicate editing copies, voiceover original sound recordings and duplicates on video tape, offline edits, and the completed work in two versions. Content includes Pearlstein teaching at Brooklyn College, Pearlstein working with models in his studio, Pearlstein at his retrospective exhibition at the Toledo Museum, live-captured graphics of Pearlstein drawing, and voiceover narration by Philip and Julia Pearlstein. No copies of the completed work in its laser disc version are found in the collection as these were sold off to a distributor before the donation of the material to the archives.
The documentary production used a rare video format called Panasonic Recam (generic format term: M format video) as its original recording medium. The project was likely seen as a good candidate for the M format because of its art subject and the potential for superior color quality. Among the publicity materials in the paper documentation is a photocopy of a 1984 article from VideoPro magazine that provides details of the technical side of the production and the many then state-of-the-art technologies the project incorporated. In a May 9, 1986 public appearance for Artists Talk on Art, Pearlstein describes working with the system and talks about effects like blurring and enlarging and working with color, and describes the laserdisc format as "fun to play with," noting that the "whole image is much sharper."
Unedited footage, found on its M format/VHS tape original form and on duplicate U-matic tapes made for editing, contains substantial footage of Pearlstein working in the studio and teaching, but there is little spoken content in the footage that was not used in the completed work, copies of which are found in the collection in two versions, a long version for distribution and a shorter version made for television. Extensive unedited footage of live computer graphics, another recently developed technology at the time, record Pearlstein generating his artwork directly on the screen. Graphics were shot with Recam video, and five 1" video reels in the collection appear to be duplicates of those tapes made for editing. Two edited excerpts of graphics are found on 1" video reel and U-matic tape, which appear to have been made to accompany lectures about the project.
Offline, or rough, edits of the documentary were made from duplicate U-matic videocassettes, and final edits were produced from original camera tapes directly onto one-inch video reels. The completed work is found in two versions, a long version for distribution and a shorter version for television broadcast. A pair of 1" video reels labeled "submaster reels 1 and 2" are also found, and are likely the closest thing to a master copy of the finished work among the material in the collection.
Audio material includes ¼" reels (10.5" diameter) with voiceover recordings of Pearlstein and his daughter Julia, who was narrator in the documentary, reading from a script. A partial script is found among the related papers in the series. A series of 8 U-matic videocassettes appear to be video dubs of the audio created for editing. Two of the original ¼" reels are not duplicated.
DescriptionContainer
Partial Script, circa 1985
23
1
Project Proposal and Business Plan, 1983
23
2
Correspondence with Producers, 1983-1990
23
3
Copyright Search, 1995
23
4
Equipment Repair Receipts, 1993
23
5
Legal Correspondence and Agreement, 1983-1986
23
6
Publicity, 1984-1991
23
7
Royalty Reports, 1990-1991
23
8
Completed Work
Distribution Copy, 1985
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
running time 86 minutes
23
9
Television Cut, 1987
1 videocassette (u-matic)
note on label "offline master, Dub #4"
running time 30 minutes
23
10
Offline Master Cut 1, circa 1984
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
23
11
Offline Master Cut 2, circa 1984
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
note on label "show length 1:24:00"
23
12
Online Edit with Time Code, circa 1985
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
2 videocassettes (vhs)
1 videocassette (u-matic)
23
13-15
Submaster, circa 1985
2 videoreels (1 inch)
Video reels housed as SAV 31 and 32
23
15
Unedited Footage
Pearlstein Working in Studio, 1984 February 21-22
13 videocassettes (u-matic)
duplicate
24
1-7
Pearlstein Working in Studio, 1984 February 21-22
13 videocassettes
M format ; originals
25
1-5
Brooklyn College, 1984 February 28
8 videocassettes (u-matic)
duplicates
25
6-9
26
1
Brooklyn College, 1984 February 28
9 videocassettes
M format ; originals
26
2-4
Toledo Museum , 1984 March 17
5 videocassettes (u-matic)
duplicates
26
5-7
Toledo Museum, 1984 March 17
6 videocassettes
M format ; originals
5 of the M format tapes are duplicated on the Umatic tapes; 1 M format tape is not duplicated; label reads "Airport Hotel Cutaway"
26
8-9
Museum and Classroom Pickup Shots, 1985 July 15
1 videoreel (1 inch)
Large video reel stored separately as SAV 33
26
10
Computer Graphics
Unedited Footage, 1984 April 12
27 videocassettes
M format ; originals ; tapes labeled #101-116 and 101b-116b
27
1-10
Unedited Footage, 1984 April 12
5 videoreels (1 inch)
duplicates ; tapes labeled #1-5
28
Unedited Footage, circa 1984
1 videoreel (1 inch)
tape labeled "rattan couch and others"
Video reel stored separately as SAV 34
28
1
Edited Footage, circa 1984
1 videoreel (1 inch)
tape labeled "Graphics Build"
Video reel stored separately as SAV 35
28
2
Edited Footage, circa 1984
1 videoreel (1 inch)
tape labeled "shown at Carnegie-Mellon"
28
3
Edited Footage, circa 1984
1 videocassette (u-matic)
tape labeled "Philip Pearlstein"
29
1
Soundtrack Material
Voiceover Recordings, 1984 July 20
3 sound tape reels
originals ; labeled "reels 1-3, July 20," Reel 1 also says "page 1-40"
10.5 inch reels
3 videocassettes (u-matic)
duplicates ; sound recorded with color bars
3 original soundLarge reels stored separately in Box 30
29
2-3
Voiceover Recordings, 1984 July 23
3 videocassettes (u-matic)
tapes numbered 84-86; sound recorded with color bars
29
4-5
Voiceover Recordings, 1984 July 31
2 sound tape reels
originals ; tapes labeled "Reels 7-8 Pearlstein V.O."
10.5 inch reels
2 videocassettes (u-matic)
duplicates ; one tape labeled "Dub 87" and one labeled "Reel 87 – audio reels 7,8" ; sound recorded with color bars
2 original sound tape reels stored in box 30
29
6
Voiceover Recordings, 1985 June 8
1 sound tape reel
original ; labeled tones at beginning, Pearlstein reel 1"
10.5 inch reel
1 original sound tape reel stored in box 30
29
7
5 large sound tape reels from Box 29, folders 2-3, 6-7
30
2 large video reels from Box 23, folder 15
31-32
1 large video reel from Box 26, folder 10
33
1 large video reel from Box 28, folder 1
34
1 large video reel from Box 28, folder 2
35

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.