Monday, January 12, 2015

Künstler's 'Coney Island' On Display in Traveling Exhibit

An iconic Künstler painting may be coming to a city near you. Mort Künstler's Coney Island will be on loan for the traveling exhibit Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland: 1861-2008.

From the museum:
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland will be the first major exhibition to use visual art as a lens to explore the lure that Coney Island exerted on American culture over a period of 150 years. An extraordinary array of artists viewed Coney Island as a microcosm of the American experience, from its beginnings as a watering hole for the wealthy, through its transformation into an entertainment mecca for the masses, to the closing of Astroland Amusement Park following decades of urban decline.

Exhibit Dates:

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, January 21, 2015 -
May 31, 2015
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, July 11, 2015 – October 13, 2015
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, November 20, 2015 – March 13, 2016
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, May 11, 2016 – September 11, 2016

Coney Island by Mort Künstler, 1955, Gouache, 17" x 25"


  1. I saw this piece at the Brooklyn Museum and fell in love! It's truly wonderful. Do you have prints available?

  2. Hello, yes we do have prints available. Please email and someone will assist you :-)

  3. Hi I was wondering if you can tell me a little more out this piece. I absolutely love it. It reminds me of early mornings in a foreign port after a long night. (I was in the Navy)

  4. Mort's painting, "Coney Island," was one of his first magazine illustration jobs. It was painted in 1953 to represent the Great Depression Coney Island of the 1930s. Mort has commented about this painting, saying "Although I would do it much differently today, I still like the composition and the feeling of this work."

    We have just released the painting as a limited edition print. It is available in various sizes. For more information, please visit our website and search for "Coney Island." Thank you!



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