Shock of the Real: Photorealism Revisited

Dec 16, 2008 - Mar 8, 2009
Boca Raton Museum of Art

This major exhibition surveyed photorealism over several decades, demonstrating the unique style, varied individual approaches, technical finesse, and expanse of subject matter through 71 dramatic works by 29 highly acclaimed artists. Photorealism is renowned for its stunning, painted renditions of everyday images recorded by a photograph. Photorealists create artworks in a highly photographic style, with added personal expression. Quintessentially American, many of the works in Shock of the Real focus on typical aspects of our urban and suburban landscapes: trucks, motorcycles, cars, and roadside eateries. Popularity of the movement is due to the exceptional technical skill of these artists, which allows viewers to explore the link between the photographic image and the artistic concept of painting.

Shock of The Real was guest-curated by Dr. Valerie Ann Leeds, a noted specialist in American art. The sponsorship of this exhibition Shock of the Real was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Beatrice Cummings Mayer.

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Shock of the Real: Photorealism Revisited

RALPH GOINGS (American, 1928- ), Red Menu, 1981, watercolor on paper, 9 1/8 x 13 5/8 inches. Boca Raton Museum of Art Permanent Collection, bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman