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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.
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Portland Museum of Art creates outstanding exhibitions and educational programs that inspire audiences. Located along Maine's renown coast, in the cultural heart of Portland, the PMA strives to enrich the lives of people through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts.
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The PMA boasts a collection containing more than 18,000 works of art. The collection is comprised of three distinct areas of focus: American, European, and Contemporary and Modern. Naturally, the collection offers particular depth in artwork that relates to the history of artistic practice in Maine and New England. Throughout the PMA’s collection and galleries, visitors can engage in the far-ranging story about art and culture in the United States, Europe, and the creative legacy of the region.
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Purchased by the PMA in 2006, the Winslow Homer Studio is one of the most significant locations in the history of American art. Located along the rugged coast of Prout's Neck, Maine, the Studio is where great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. Now, fully renovated and restored, the Studio is open for guided tours through the PMA.
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The Museum's facilities include several architecturally significant buildings, from the modern Charles Shipman Payson building, to the recently restored and impeccable Winslow Homer Studio in Prout's Neck. The Museum's collection is displayed and presented throughout its many buildings, galleries, and gardens, in over 27,000 square feet of exhibition space.
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