Exactitude: Hyperrealist Art Today

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Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art in the twenty-first century.
Realism has played an important role in art history ever since the discovery of perspective. Here, John Russell Taylor delineates the artist’s endeavor to re-create the smallest detail, from centuries before the invention of photography to the present day.
This book has been published to complement a series of shows called “Exactitude” at London’s Plus One ...

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Overview

Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art in the twenty-first century.
Realism has played an important role in art history ever since the discovery of perspective. Here, John Russell Taylor delineates the artist’s endeavor to re-create the smallest detail, from centuries before the invention of photography to the present day.
This book has been published to complement a series of shows called “Exactitude” at London’s Plus One Gallery of contemporary artists working in a figurative, hyperrealist style. The diversity of such works, whether still lifes, extreme close-ups, large-scale cityscapes, landscapes, or commercial packaging, is revealed. The artists, including Pedro Campos, Clive Head, Ben Johnson, David Ligare, Cynthia Poole, John Salt, Cesar Santander, Ben Schonzeit, and Tjalf Sparnaay, come from all over the world but are united here by their meticulous approach to their work whether they are depicting people, American diners, book spines, or car engines.

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Written by distinguished English critic and author Taylor and edited by Bollaert, director of the Plus One Gallery (POG) in London, this book complements a series of exhibitions entitled "Exactitude" at the POG, featuring contemporary artists who all work in a figurative, hyperrealist style. Though not part of a coherent group with a manifesto, the artists of Exactitude all share the creative skill and technical virtuosity in their rendering of realistic objects or landscapes. Unlike the earlier artists of Photorealism such as, for example, Richard Estes, few of these artists mimic the photograph. While united in their figurative styles, the artists of Exactitude are international in scope and address diverse subject matter, including landscapes, still life, architectural renderings, and popular culture. The main essay of this book by Taylor contextualizes these artists by placing them in relation to the development of realism throughout art history. VERDICT As a good introduction to this subject with beautiful color illustrations, this book is recommended for readers interested in contemporary art of the 21st century.—Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll., MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500238639
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,450,790
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Russell Taylor is a distinguished English critic and author.

Maggie Bollaert is the director of the Plus One Gallery.

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