Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents Photorealism Revisited

Oklahoma City Museum of Art announces Photorealism Revisited, an exhibition on view January 24 – April 21, 2013.

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The exhibition features approximately sixty works from some of the most well known Photorealist artists. Photorealism—the first modern movement to assert reliance on photography as a crucial part of the artistic process—has been an influential force on the art scene since the late 1960s. Though the original Photorealists were initially denounced for using photography, their work eventually gained recognition, becoming part of a resurgent interest in both painting and realism that flourished in the 1970s and has continued into the post-millennium years. The return of representation among avant-garde artists has also prompted a new review of photorealism that will be explored in Photorealism Revisited.

Quintessentially American, many of the works in Photorealism Revisited focus on aspects typical of urban and suburban landscapes with subjects ranging from trucks, motorcycles, cars, and roadside eateries. Works that fell within the category that became known as Photorealism were produced by pioneers such as Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Tom Blackwell, Ralph Goings, Richard McLean, and Ben Schonzeit. Though the height of Photorealism was in the 1970s, artists such as Randy Dudley, David Parrish, Anthony Brunelli, and others, continue to build upon the foundation set by their predecessors. Photorealism has continued to emerge on the international art scene since the mid-1990s.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Visit the Museum online at okcmoa.com for admission pricing and hours of operation.