September 2011

Realism today comprises a myriad of working styles that derails any effort to define it based on select studio practices—such as whether an artist works primarily from life or from photographs. Nor can realism be equated with an effort to capture exacting detail, which would leave out the probing vision of Degas.

How an artist paints is as important as what he or she paints. Enhance your work with realism, the most indigenous art form, a product of its own time derived from keen observation and direct experience with present reality. The artists featured in this issue fall within this singular vision. Their works are sophisticated images of contemporary city and town life that demonstrate noble study, native talent, and a genuine interest in the people, places, and things in their lives.

advertisement

Departments
6 EDITOR’S NOTE

8 ART MART

10 QUICK SKETCHES

66 EXHIBITIONS

71 BUSINESS OF ART
  74 TECHNICAL Q+A

77 WORKSHOP DIRECTORY

78 COMING IN...

79 BULLETIN BOARD

80 ART FOR THOUGHT



16 Where to Study Art: A Sponsored Guide to Some of the Best Educational Programs

22 The Ashcan School: An American Rebellion
BY JAMES DUNCAN
By the end of the 19th century, America’s powerful art academies had come to value tradition over self-expression. It took the conviction of a group of artists led by Robert Henri to incite a shift that still influences artists today.

30 Urban Vistas: Creating a Portrait of a Place
BY NAOMI EKPERIGIN
The city can be an overwhelming subject, with its ever-changing inhabitants, neighborhoods, and structures. For Patrick Pietropoli, Greg Gandy, and Richard Haas, large-scale paintings enable them to create timeless portraits of rapidly evolving locations.

44 Enduring Realism: Three Artists’ Interpretations of City Life
BY MICHAEL GORMLEY
Taylor Montague, Max Ginsburg, and the late George Tooker approach the urban landscape quite differently, but all three represent a new front for realism and its portrayal of modern life.

54 On Location at the Urban Fringe
BY AUSTIN R. WILLIAMS
Valeri Larko takes her large canvases to the outskirts of major cities, where she paints areas of the urban landscape that are often overlooked.

60 Dan McCaw: Searching for an Inner Likeness
BY ALLISON MALAFRONTE
This seasoned painter and instructor believes that the most important part of the artistic process is the expression of an individual voice and vision.



Filed under:
Related Posts
+ Add a comment