Photorealism Art History Presentation ~ 158 Slides
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This is a very thorough presentation about Photorealism in Art. The movement began in the late 1960s and continues through to today. There are women in the movement as well as artists now from around the world. However, this began, and remained for quite some time, as a very American art movement. Leading artists Chuck Close, Audrey Flack and other founding members are well covered. Although it is mainly a painting movement, sculptor Duane Hanson's work was a critical part as well. His work is also thoroughly included. Recently some of these artists have used photorealism for socially conscious work with Denis Peterson being in the vanguard of those. His work on homelessness, genocide and capitalistic consumer consumption is also included.
There are 4 early Photorealism popups as my thumbnails and then 20 actual slides in my preview so that you get a wider sampling of the presentation.
Artists included are:
EXCERPT BULLET POINTS:
~extremely realistic style of painting and drawing
~artwork is based entirely on a photograph
~photorealist paintings are commonly mistaken for actual photographs
artist takes a photograph and uses it as source material to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium, usually painting.
~also refers to a group of paintings and painters from the late 1960s and early 1970s in America working in that style.
~adherents of this style were rebelling against a number of art styles which had dominated the art world in recent decades, in succession, which did not satisfy them.
~These included: Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism. ~Abstract did not suit these artists at all since they wanted an actual image. Pop Art came closer to suiting them but it didn’t go far enough. Minimalism was literally too little.
~the movement encountered intense initial criticism because the art world felt using photographs for painting was in some way cheating.
~these artists also did not want to be confused with the American Realist painters, like Edward Hopper. Their works looked very different from his and other American realists.
~Photorealism is alternately called Super-Realism, New Realism, Sharp Focus Realism, or Hyper-Realism.
~this style is entirely dependent on the photo because these painters want a source image which does not change. They want to freeze a moment in time and then paint it. This is the only way of doing so.
~a painter who works with live models, like Lucian Freud did, has reverse working methods to the Photorealists.They depend on the constant change in the source image, its light and shadows.
~when the artist has the source photograph, the next step is to transfer the image onto a canvas. The artist can project the slide onto the canvas or can use traditional grid techniques to accomplish this.
~Duane Hanson was the sculptor associated with the Photorealists.
~present day the movement is no longer confined to America and has attracted international artists.
~new technology in computers, cameras, imaging software and digital equipment is enabling ever greater precision and innovation in the movement.
~international events are now held where artists from all countries work side by side in photorealism. These have been held in Prague, Zurich, Monaco and New York.
~ Emerging artists in this genre are very important for the future of the movement and and sales of the work.