Arthur S. Rothenberg ( 1918 -2013)
Education: New York University; Art Institute of Chicago and the
School of Design (former Bauhaus in Germany) in Chicago. McClane
Institute in NYC; Pratt Institute
World War II: 1942- 1945
Served in England in the Engineers, mapping the invasion of
Africa and Europe. Designed a series of posters regarding the
need for secrecy. Designed and executed a mural for General
Curtis LeMay illustrating how certain formations of aircraft
lessened the loss of lives (and planes).
Transferred into the Eighth Airforce and appointed as a Combat
Artist to document the preparations for the invasion of Europe:
planes preparing for bombing missions; the return of damaged
aircraft; destruction of buildings. Paintings and sketches are
in the archives of the Pentagon.
Before being sent home, spent some months helping in the
restoration of damaged stained glass in churches in England.
After the War worked as an Art Director on LOOK Magazine and for
many years on a variety of national accounts such as Helena
Rubenstein, Seagram Liquors, Scandinavian Airlines, Burberry.
1944: Brooklyn Museum - War Artists Overseas
1945 and 1946: Brooklyn Society of Artists at the Brooklyn
1947: Brooklyn Museum - First National Print Exhibition
1948: American Watercolor Society (NYC)
1949: Brooklyn Museum-Second Annual Print Exhibition
1950: Audubon Society National Exhibition
1962: Hofstra University-Long Island Artists Exhibition
1963: Hofstra University- Long Island Artists Exhibition
1966: Art Directors Club of NY Fine Arts Show
1967: Art Directors Club of NY - Best in Show
1973: Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY - Best in Show
1992 to 2010: Sheffield Art League
Carlebach Gallery, NYC
Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead NY
Guild Hall, East Hampton NY (prize for best in show in 1973)
1978: Belgis-Friedel Gallery, Soho, NYC
Was chosen to show a large group of paintings in Albany, NY when
the new government buildings were opened in the administration
of Governor Nelson Rockefeller. In 1995, Rothenberg was one of 9
World War II Artists honored by the Department of Defense and
the National Endowment for the Arts. There was a celebration in
Washington DC including two separate exhibitions of war
paintings, one at the Rayburn Building and another at the
National Home Building.
Rothenberg married in 1947 and is the father of three children
and grandfather of six. He and his wife lived
in South Egremont, Massachusetts from 1990-2010.
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