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Richard Estes: The Complete Paintings, 1966-1985

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Working from photographs, Photorealist painter Estes creates images of stuffed store windows and movie marquees that glitter with unreal promise. His bulging car fronts evoke sexual hunger, while his revolving doors ache with anonymity, causing some critics to dub his style ``Post-Pop.'' Empty subway cars and gleaming city streets devoid of people suggest a world where material values have overpowered human beings. In this laudatory monograph, New York City art dealer Meisel wants us to believe that Estes is a great Realist painter, not to be pigeonholed as a Photorealist, but by emphasizing the paintings' technique over their social meaning, he weakens his argument. When Estes applies his Hyperrealism to vistas of Florence and Venice, the essential sterility of his method becomes evident. At their best, his slick paintings comment on the way the mind's focusing imposes patterns on the way we see things. (October)
Library Journal
The work of premier photorealist painter Richard Estes receives its first book length treatment in this monograph. New York art dealer Meisel provides a synopsis of Estes's work and illustrates all of his known paintings from the past 20 years. An essay by Perreault, which forms the bulk of the text, argues for Estes's place in the tradition of high art masters and decries Estes's detractors as being unreasonably hostile to representational art, the use of photographs by painters, or both. The reproductions in this volume are excellent and will appeal to a broad audience including general readers, informed laypersons, and specialists. Recommended for both general and specialized art collections. Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.L.S., Cincinnati
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810908819
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 144

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