The halls of Mana Contemporary were buzzing with excitement yesterday as renowned author and gallerist Louis K. Meisel began the process of installing his collection of Photorealist paintings at the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation gallery. Meisel is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Photorealism and is credited for giving the group its illustrious name.
As artwork streamed into the space, a clear division started to emerge: The work of Chuck Close, a founding member of Photorealism, rested quietly against one wall waiting to be hung, while across the room, a collection of American Pin-Up paintings were assembled for display. The perky girls offer a whimsical breath against the serious tone of Close’s portraits. In addition, the Meisel collection includes abstract works by painters such as George D. Green and Steven Posen. Yet, it is the highly realist paintings of Richard Estes, Charles Bell, Yigal Ozeri, and the stunningly life-like sculptures of John DeAndrea which best capture the heart of the show and the Meisels’ 40 years long dedication to the arts.
“Our Own Directions: The Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel Collection” opens to the public September 18th at the ESKFF gallery space on the 6th floor of Mana Contemporary.
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