Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The New Reality exhibit at Norton: trompe l'oeil feast Tues - Sat, 10 am to 5 pm, Sat - Sun, 1 to 5 pm

R.W. Norton Art Gallery is currently hosting “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century”, a juried collection of paintings by the members of the International Guild of Realism" says Jennifer DeFratis.

In the late 20th century, a backlash against abstract and conceptual art began, she writes. Many artists began to embrace concepts and techniques borrowed from older masters. For this exhibition, selected artists are required to cite the example of an Old Master or other Realist painting which helped inspire their own work in either theme or technique. Benjamin Orozco Lopez says: 'The most important thing about the Guild [of Realism] is that we are a big group of artists who glorify the values of craftsmanship, which has almost been lost in modern painting.'"

Says Defratis, "The painting I find myself revisiting both in memory and during any break is Veronique Molinier’s “Japanese Doll.” The element of trompe l’oeil (where the eye is fooled into thinking the painted object is actually three dimensional) makes me inclined think this is a sculpture, not a painting, while the colors and textures in the rich Japanese robe reveal new details every time I see it and displays fantastic artistic skill."

Through Feb 15, '09
No charge.
Tues - Fri, 10 am to 5 pm,
Sat & Sun, 1 pm to 5 pm

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