Photo-Realism in American Art


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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Richard Estes' Realism (5/6/14)

Ian Hornak: Transparent Barricades (8/20/13)

Bert Monroy, Master Artist Tribute VIII: A Digital Artist Paints With Light

Adventures in a Temperate Climate: A Retrospective of Paintings by Martin Mull (12/1/06)

Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective (12/8/05)

The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (7/27/05)

Duane Hanson: Portraits from the Heartland (4/7/05)

The Contemporary Eye (12/23/04)

Duane Hanson: Portraits (12/22/04)

Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective (11/15/04)

Duane Hanson: Portraits from the Heartland (5/12/04)

Cities of Promise: Imaging Urban California (12/20/03)

Pennsylvania Painters and the Roots of Realism, essay by Judith Hansen O'Toole (8/2/01)

To Be Real, by Richard J. Powell (6/8/01)

Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting, 1950-2000 (3/30/01)

Ultra-realistic Sculpture by Marc Sijan (2/27/01)

Duane Hanson: Virtual Reality (9/23/00)

Ed Ruscha Retrospective (8/2/00)

James Valerio: Drawings (5/8/00)

Cities of Promise: Imaging Urban California (12/20/03)

John Register: A Retrospective (11/21/99)

A Cast of Characters: Figurative Sculpture (10/30/99)

Realism, PhotoRealism, SuperRealism (8/5/99)

Major Duane Hanson Retrospective, First Since His Death, Comes to Brooks (3/17/99)

Watercolors by Arthur E. Smith (4/17/98)

Also see TFAO's topic Realism


TFAO references:

As of 12/5/13 TFAO Digital Library contained 364 pages referencing the phrase "photo-realist," 30 pages referencing the phrase "hyper-realist" 24 pages referencing the phrase "super-realist" and 24 pages referencing the phrase "ultra-realist"


From other websites:

California Classic: Realist Paintings by Robert Bechtle from Oakland Museum of California. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

John Baeder, April 28, 2012 - July 22, 2012 from Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Photorealism from Accessed August, 2015.

Photo Realism from AskArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Rackstraw Downes: Under the Westside Highway, an exhibit held June 27, 2010, to January 12, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Accessed August, 2015.

KQED / San Francisco offers streaming video relating to "arts & literature" in the Bay Area. In a 10-minute, 27-second Arts Archive video from a September 12, 2005 episode titled "Paint x 3," Spark watches Robert Bechtle at work rendering one of his favorite subjects -- his Potrero Hill neighborhood -- and talking about his motivations and images as he prepares for a retrospective exhibit of his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (February 12 through June 5, 2005). Accessed May, 2015.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art website contains an interactive online exhibit titled Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective which contains movies. In one movie the artist describes how he paints motion and stillness and in another he discusses still life vs. landscape painting. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


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