Photorealistic painting never really went away. Although the genre of painting so realistically that the result looks like a photograph enjoyed its greatest vogue in the Seventies, it still has its adherents today. During the Seventies, my dad managed the finances of Hartford, Connecticut’s Wadsworth Atheneum, one of America’s larger art museums, and the oldest public one. During Dad’s time at the museum, they also employed a curator whose name I forget who had a remarkable gift for identifying up-and-coming artists and trends, with the result that the museum hosted one of the most significant early exhibitions of video art, to give one example. During those years, the museum also exhibited many artists who specialized in photorealism and/or urban landscapes.
Well, I can’t paint, I can photograph. Presenting recent photographs inspired by um, uh, photorealism.
I realistically hope you have a really photographic weekend.
Vonn Scott Bair