Mort Kunstler in his studio
Mort Kunstler: The Art of Adventure
Opens February 26, 2016
On Friday, February 26 the Long Island Museum will reopen for the spring season with a new art exhibition featuring one of Long Island’s own living artists. Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure will highlight the illustrious career of the Oyster Bay artist, renowned as the “premier historical artist in America.”
Known for his meticulously researched paintings of the American Civil War and other significant historical subjects, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator whose romance, adventure, and sporting illustrations have engaged and entertained readers and admirers for six decades.
When he placed his focus on Civil War art in the 1980s, Künstler quickly established himself as the country’s most-collected Civil War artist, and earned unprecedented acclaim within the genre of Civil War art. “Mort Künstler is the foremost Civil War artist of our time — if not of all time,” notes Dr. James I. Robertson Jr., the dean of Civil War historians and the author of the celebrated biography, Stonewall Jackson. “To study his paintings,” says Robertson, “is to simply see history alive.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson concurs. “Of all the artists working in the Civil War field,” he observes, “none captures the human element, the aura of leadership, the sense of being there and sharing in the drama, quite like Mort Künstler. He has that enviable talent of being able to re-create history on canvas and to translate events into art.”
Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure features nearly 100 original artworks and ephemera spanning the breadth of his prolific career, created for such popular twentieth century publications as True, Argosy, Men’s Story, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, American Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as movie posters, book jackets, and advertisements reflecting American popular culture and the diverse artistic genres that comprise his exceptional creative journey.
The Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. For information about other exhibitions and related programs call (631) 751-0066 or visit www.longislandmuseum.org.