Photorealism at the Tampa Museum of Art

There’s still time to see the Tampa Museum of Art‘s exhibit “Photorealism: 50 years of Hyperrealistic Painting.” The exhibit, which traces the evolution of photorealism from 1960 to today, presents the work of nearly 30 artists known for detailed, hyper depictions of ordinary objects and scenes of everyday life.

Art dealer and author Louis K. Meisel coined the term “photorealism” in the late 1960s to describe large-scale paintings created to look photographic. Photorealists Ralph Goings, John Baeder, and Gus Heinz captured the mundane beauty of chromed automobiles, diners, and cityscapes in their renderings of American consumer culture.

Other artists, such as Chuck Close and Robert Bechtle, pioneered new approaches to portraiture. Raphaella Spence and Yigal Ozeri belong to a new generation who create photorealist works from digital media.

“Photorealism: 50 years of Hyperrealistic Painting” is organized by the Institut für Kulturaustausch in Tübingen, Germany.

Admission is $15 for adults, and $7.50 for military personnel, Florida educators, and seniors 65 and older. College students with an ID get in free.


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