An Artist's America

June 28, 2011 - September 18, 2011
Central Library, Youth Wing
Collages by Michael Albert

This exhibition is a retrospective of two decades of art, which includes selections related to the art featured in my book An Artist's America, along with newer works that were created in the six years since the book's completion in 2005. It also features 21 Flag Salute, a special "exhibition within an exhibition" of flag collages created over the past 15 years.

In addition to the wonderful, interesting and meaningful things that I have thus far discovered in this world, I am inspired by the art, writings, business activities and stories of many characters in history: Vincent van Gogh; Pablo Picasso; Claude Monet; Henri Matisse; René Magritte; Keith Haring; Andy Warhol; Abraham Lincoln; William Shakespeare; Ben & Jerry; Famous Amos (and other social entrepreneurs); John Keats; Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead; the Beatles; Mozart; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Charlie Parker; Miles Davis; John Coltrane; and such films as The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

I am also driven by the need to use landfill materials in my work in a real and practical way. These materials are briefly used by consumers, only to sit in a landfill for years, requiring a tremendous amount of energy to be reused. I enjoy being some sort of solution for this long-term environmental issue.

It's really fun to create art, as I've found lately when making collages. I believe art is important; it somehow gives my life a deeper meaning. This inspires me to work diligently and constantly be on alert for interesting ideas and images that I can use in future creations!

Michael AlbertMichael Albert is an artist, author and teacher, as well as the founder of the Sir Real Juice Company. He has exhibited his work at many venues, including one-man shows at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and D'Agostino Supermarket locations; the Gershwin Hotel, the Children's Museum of the Arts and the High Line Gallery in Manhattan; Elaine Benson Gallery, Long Beach Public Library and Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library in Long Island; the Baum School of Art in Pennsylvania; Scarsdale Public Library in New York; and Fairfield Public Library in Connecticut. He graduated from the New York University division formerly known as the School of Business and Public Administration. He is married to Erynn Albert and lives in White Plains with their four children.

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BPL - Exhibition, Michael Albert, An Artist's American: Sir Real Lemonman
Sir Real Lemonman
© Michael  Albert

BPL - Exhibition, Michael Albert, An Artist's American: 3 Flags
Three Flags
© Michael Albert

BPL - Exhibition, Michael Albert, An Artist''s American: Apple Man
Apple Man
© Michael Albert