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Still Life: 1970s Photorealism


January 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.