The Way It Used to Be and Now
paintings by Herb Rogoff

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT

Artist Reception: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition: December 3 - 29, 2010
Herb Rogoff "Lower East Side 1942: Menachim Ruben Sells his Pretzels"
2008; acrylics on canvas, 48" wide x 36" in height
Herb Rogoff is a polymath of art and illustration, as a painter, illustrator, filmmaker, lecturer, editor, and publisher. Born in the Bronx, he attended the High School of Music and Art, then the NY State College of Art and Science. He received his BA from City College, and later studied with Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League. As an illustrator, his work was published in books by Doubleday, Berkeley, Scholastic, and Dell; and in magazines like New York, Redbook, Psychology Today, Intellectual Digest, Playboy, Playgirl, Opera News, and Astrology Today. His illustrations have appeared on such record labels as United Artists, RCA Victor, Vox, Folkways, Caedmon, and Vanguard; and on television shows like Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, Star Trek, Marvel Comics shows, and NBC Sports. His storyboards are seen in the advertising campaigns of Nabisco, Lufthansa, Nescafe, the New York Times, and L’Oreal..

Herb Rogoff "A River of Swans Runs Through It"
acrylics on canvas, 48" wide x 36" in height

Since 2006, Herb Rogoff has been concentrating on a series of paintings entitled, “My America: the Way it Used to Be and is Now,” with themes on Coney Island, New York City’s Lower East Side, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Stork Club, baseball, and carousels. As a lecturer, he has given over a hundred talks at various venues on these themes. For the last 20 years , he has been publishing a Baseball magazine (who’s entire run is in the Baseball Hall of Fame), and two monthly magazines, one on trivia, and another on films. He has turned out 6 films which have appeared in over 80 film festivals around the world, and some have won awards.

Herb Rogoff "The World of Sherman Billingsly: The Stork Club 1956"
acrylics on canvas, 48" wide x 36" in height

Herb Rogoff is represented by ACA Gallery, voted by the NY Times as one of the ten most prestigious NYC galleries. Major retrospectives have recently taken place in New York State at the Lotus Gallery, Woodstock; The Glen Rock Gallery, Glen Rock; 21st Century Gallery, Nyack, the Kanner-Kurzon Museum, New Rochelle; and at the Rockland J.C.C.

Herb Rogoff "Lewis and Clark Expedition"
acrylics on canvas, 48" wide x 36" in height

Rogoff enjoys giving talks on the newspaper comics and comic books, the history of baseball, the “screw-ball” film comedies of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, the Jewish traditions throughout history, and many movements and schools of art history of the US and around the world, and he will speak at his reception on some of these topics. He lives in Garnerville, NY.

Herb Rogoff "Carousel"
acrylics on canvas, 48" wide x 36" in height