Center for the Arts

Vero Beach, FL



The Photorealists


The Center for the Arts welcomes visitors to question reality this summer when it brings a fascinating major exhibition of over three dozen Photorealist paintings and sculpture to its 4,500 sq. ft. Holmes Gallery. The exhibition The Photorealists opens to the public on Saturday, July 22 and continues through Sunday, September 10, 2000. (left: Tom Blackwell, Swimwear, 1998, oil on masonite, 42 x 62 inches, On loan from Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York)

Popular in the United States and Great Britain from the 1960's, Photorealism (also called Super Realism) is still going strong today. Photorealist painting technique, as revealed in the Center's exhibition depicts subjects, such as city streets, diners, pin ball machines, mobile homes, show horses, people, and motor vehicles, with an impersonal exactitude of detail. Artists who practice the style work from photographs, recreating on canvas the all-over sharpness of the camera lens, except where out-of-focus effects are faithfully recorded. (left: Ron Kleemann, Pecker Heads, 1997, oil on linen, 72 x 50 inches, On loan from a private collection; right: Robert Cottingham, Great Northern, 1998, oil on linen, 78 x 78 inches, On loan from a private collection)

The Photorealists exhibition combines the work of well known artists Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Davis Cone, Robert Cottingham, Chuck Close, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Richard McLean, and John Salt with young practitioners Don Jacot, Kim Mendenhall, and Reynard Milici. The exhibition also includes an example of Photorealist sculpture by John De Andrea. Lenders to the exhibition are Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York; Midtown Payson Galleries, Hobe Sound, Florida; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York; O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, and artist Davis Cone of Miami Beach, Florida. (left: Audrey Flack, Queen, 1976, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 inches, On loan from a private collection)

The exhibition was curated by Ellen Fischer, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Center for the Arts.


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