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Co-organized by the PMA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this exhibition is the most comprehensive survey since 1991 of the paintings of Richard Estes, the foremost practitioner of American photorealism who is renowned for his precise, crystalline style. Encompassing more than 45 works, the show spans from Estes’ first mature New York City facades and scenes of the late 1960s to panoramic views of Manhattan and numerous other cities and natural sites. The exhibition offers new perspectives onto Estes as a painter both of the urban and natural worlds, balancing his interest in the dense fabric of New York and other large cities with his close attention to the coast of Maine and the woods of Mount Desert Island, where he has spent part of each year since the late 1970s. Most recently, Estes imbued images of New York City at night with sunlit luminosity. Select examples of Estes’ rare portraits will also be included in the exhibition. This five-decade survey of his paintings reveals an artistic vision that is both deeply rooted in European and American art history, and consistently engaged with fundamental and contemporary questions of representation, form, and surface.
The Maine paintings of Richard Estes seem to exist outside of time. The landscapes he chose to paint remain more or less the same to this day; they could recall in viewers a vacation from 40 years ago or a day hike from last week. Even his Maine pictures with human subjects have a timeless feel.Read More
Richard Estes’ photorealistic painting style is all about overcoming inertia. For years, Estes has patrolled the streets of New York with a camera, shooting randomly at various times of the day or more
The current Richard Estes retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art confirms his place as one of our most accomplished painters. Photorealism in art sometimes unfairly suggests deficiencies of more
Richard Estes’ Realism is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of the urban landscape. This more
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