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Elena Borstein

The Nahan Collection

An art critic for the New York times aptly described Elena Borstein's works as "artistic investigations of light and form and the animated interaction of the two . . . there is a dreamy mood about the paintings."

For decades, her return trips to Greece and around the Mediterranean have been as a result of having been captivated by the visually rich landscape and the quality of its light. In particular, she found beauty in the play of light on the very simple geometric white houses, whose brightly painted gates accentuated a dreamy atmosphere.

Borstein received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. She is a Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York, York College. Notable among her museum exhibitions are "American Realism" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1985 (her work appeared on the book's cover); and the Corcoran Gallery's major exhibition, "The Liberation--14 American Artists," which traveled to eleven countries. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the American Institute of Arts & Letters, the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, New York; the Everson Museum at Syracuse University; and the H.F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and others.