Melvin Frank Silverman (1931 – 1966). Summertime, a colored etching, signed and dated 1960, on the sheet, 24/30, 53 cm x 84.5 cm. Signed, dated and numbered in graphite below the image. This is Mel Silverman’s “Summertime” memory of New York City’s legendary summer pier playground, Coney Island, where adults became children again. Some of the famous rides then offered, like the parachute jump, are no longer extant. Unframed, and on an untrimmed sheet, no adhesives were applied. Fine.
Mel Silverman was widely respected in the 1950s and ’60s not only for his skill, but also because he accomplished so much in his short life. A native of Chicago, he received his B.A.E. from the Art Institute of Chicago, which awarded his a fellowship to study in Europe. His first one-man show was in 1956 in New York.