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Famed Painter and Illustrator Max Ginsburg Brings the Striking 'Social Realism' of His Hometown of New York City -- and Many of His Most Acclaimed Book Cover Illustrations -- to the World of Art Showcase Hosted at The Wynn Las Vegas December 20-22

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 -- Looking back almost 80 years on a quirky, oft quoted anecdotal moment that came to define his life, Max Ginsburg says that he began painting at age 2 when he commandeered one of the brushes that his father, a notable portrait painter, had used to create his latest work.

"I took his brush and started painting on the portrait he had just finished," says the Paris born, Brooklyn raised artist, who will be exhibiting at the World of Art Showcase (www.worldofartshowcase.com), a unique celebration of the visual arts at The Wynn Las Vegas December 20-22.

After developing his career as a painter while teaching in the '60s at New York's High School of Art and Design, he painted more loosely and impressionistically in the '60s and more realistically from life in the '70's before returning in more recent years to stunning, gritty depictions of life in his hometown and stark, sometimes graphic social and anti-war commentary. In between, from 1980 through 2004, he became a renowned commercial illustrator, creating more than 800 works for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Fortune Magazine and top publishers like Avon, Penguin Putnam, Harlequin, Bantam, Dell, Crown, Pocket Books and Warner Publications, among others.

Ginsburg will display and offer for sale representative paintings from the various phases of his career at the World of Art Showcase. He will also be selling copies of his exquisite coffee table book (published in 2010), "Max Ginsburg: Retrospective," a collection of his paintings from 1956 to 2011 featuring more than 170 color plates and other black and white reproductions of his artwork. Alongside this book will be the six-hour two-disc DVD, "Max Ginsburg: The Legacy of an American Painter," which features a three hour real-time painting demonstration by Ginsburg, an interview led by Peter Trippi, a slideshow of the artist's work and a walkthrough of Ginsburg's recent retrospective at the Butler Institute of American Art.

To see more of Ginsburg's work visit www.maxginsburg.com and www.ginsburgillustration.com.

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