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For this member-only event, join Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May as she talks about this renowned artist and his retrospective, Richard Estes’ Realism. May will talk about Estes’ most iconic works, from his well-known urban Photorealist landscapes to epic natural scenes inspired by Maine. Learn more about the range and depth of this artist’s career and work.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
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