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Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych, 1971–74, oil on wood panel, overall 14' x 6' 7 1/2".

Simon Dinnerstein

German Consulate General

Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych, 1971–74, oil on wood panel, overall 14' x 6' 7 1/2".

Simon Dinnerstein’s The Fulbright Triptych, 1971–74, is the centerpiece of this exhibition of twenty works at the German Consulate. Writing about the painting a year after it was made, critic John Russell called it a “scrupulous representation of a suburb in the sticks” and an “inventory of the kinds of things that in 1975 gave [young] people a sense of their own identity.” In fact, the “suburb” is the small town of Hessich Lichtenau in Germany, where Dinnerstein spent a Fulbright year in 1971. Two windows, both in the painting’s central panel, offer a bird’s-eye view of the village, revealing a placid street and the rooftops of single-family homes. The “inventory” consists of postcards depicting works of art, mostly Northern Renaissance paintings, which hang on the wall alongside sketches suggesting works in progress. On the right panel is a self-portrait, and on the left panel

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