Photorealism Revisited:
Works from the Louis K. Meisel Gallery


January 12 – April 18, 2014

The premier art dealer of Photorealism, who coined that term in 1969, Louis K. Meisel has spent the past forty years amassing an illustrious collection of startlingly realistic paintings.


Photorealism Revisited: Works from the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Bernaducci Meisel Gallery, and Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Collections 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.

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, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Richard Estes, Ron Kleemann, Richard McLean, and Ben Schonzeit.

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-millenium years. The return of representation among avant-garde artists has prompted a new review of photorealism that will be explored in Photorealism Revisited. Contemporary artists such as Anthony Brunelli, Robert Gniewek, Don Jacot, Cheryl Kelley, Peter Maier, Robert Neffson, Yigal Ozeri, and David Parrish continue to build upon the foundation set by their predecessors. Photorealism has continued to emerge on the international art scene since the mid-1990s.


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Robert Gniewek, Majestic Grill #2, 1980.
Hubert de Lartigue, OMG!, 2009.
Bertrand Meniel, Bayard Street, 2011.
Robert Bechtle, ’68 Cadillac, 1970.
Chuck Close, Leslie/Fingerprint, 1986.
Hilo Chen, Beach 94, 1982.
Gus Heinze, Cocktails, 2006.
Robert Cottingham, Bud, 1975.


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