"Opting For Realism:
American Painting In The 1970s" Opens At The U.Va. Art Museum
May 17, 2002--
"Opting for Realism: American Painting in the 1970s"
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, through Sunday, Aug. 18
of Virginia Art Museum
exhibition "Opting for Realism: American Painting in the
1970s" opens Saturday, June 15, at the University of Virginia
Art Museum and runs through Sunday, Aug. 18.
realist tradition that dominated the 1970s was a fresh expression
of the surrounding world. Although influenced by the decades of
art preceding World War II, realism had different manifestations
than the previous movements - abstract expressionism, pop art and
minimalism. "A major influence was the gestural brush of abstract
expressionism, which was easily adaptable to portraiture or genre
painting," said exhibition curator Suzanne Foley. "Another
influence was the monocular vision of the camera that flattened
atmospheric perspective, offering a crisp, airless composition."
for Realism" focuses on figurative art and shows how each artist
chose to define realism and depict the surrounding world. Drawn
from the museums permanent collection of 1970s realist paintings,
the exhibition includes works by Jack Beal, Bruno Civitico, Alfred
Leslie, Willard Midgette and Idelle Weber.
University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public without
charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available
for visitors behind the museum.
more information about the exhibition or the University of Virginia
Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298