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    Painterly to Precise: Richard Estes at the Currier

    Feb. 14, 2015 — June 15, 2015

    Two new acquisitions provide the heart of a focus exhibition of works by one of America’s best-known photorealist painters, Richard Estes (born 1932). Painterly to Precise: Richard Estes at the Currier, on view from February 14 through June 15, 2015, complements the current exhibition Still Life: 1970s Photorealism. His work was recently featured in a popular and critically lauded career retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, Richard Estes’ Realism. NPR’s Susan Stamberg called Estes, “An intense observer of the built environment.” He currently lives in coastal Maine and New York City, two of his most often painted locales.

    Read the exhibition press release.

    Image credit: Richard Estes, Baby Doll Lounge, 1978, oil on canvas. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. Museum Purchase: The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund, 2014.48. © Richard Estes, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.


  • Still Life: 1970s Photorealism

    Jan. 24, 2015 — May 3, 2015


    Imagine paintings that look so real that you feel you can walk into the canvas and back in time, or sculptures so lifelike that you want to reach out and interact with the subjects. In the 1970s, a group of primarily American artists including Chuck Close and Duane Hanson decided that art should accurately reflect the world we see around us. Consciously rejecting the prevailing artistic styles of abstraction, Minimalism and the Pop Art of Andy Warhol and others, Photorealists took photographs of commonplace scenes and precisely recreated those worlds in large paintings and sculptures. The artworks that will be on view in this exhibition reflect that passion for hyperrealism and provide today’s audiences with a nostalgic and unflinching journey back in time to life 40 years ago. If you lived through the 1960s and 1970s, these images of diners, muscle cars and street scenes will seem intensely familiar.

    Image credit: John Baeder, Stardust Motel, 1977. Oil on canvas, 58 x 70 in. (147.32 x 177.8 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection. Courtesy of the artist.


    Exhibition Support

    Still Life: 1970s Photorealism. Exhibition organized by the Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund.

    The Currier's presentation of Still Life: 1970s Photorealism is sponsored by Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, the Botnick Family Foundation, M. Christine Dwyer & Michael Huxtable and Dorothea & David Jensen.

    Read the exhibition press release.