Realism in American Art
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Realism in American Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.
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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:
Robert Douglas Hunter and His Students; essay by Mickey Myers (9/5/16)
Jeffrey T. Larson: Domestic Space (7/15/16)
Katharine Steele Renninger: Craft, Commitment, Community (4/15/16)
Katharine Steele Renninger: Craft, Commitment, Community; essay by Liz K. Sheehan (4/15/16)
Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder (7/31/14)
Telling American History: Realism from the Print Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly (9/7/13)
Colleen Browning at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (7/21/12)
Love Never Fails: The Art of Edouard and Luvena Vysekal (10/28/11)
Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice (9/1/11)
Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice; essay by David Houston (9/1/11)
Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice; essay by Martha R. Severens (9/1/11)
To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (4/15/11)
Albino R. Hinojosa: An American Realist (9/5/09)
Presence as an Aspect of A New Realism; essay by John Lloyd Taylor (1/20/09)
Directions 2: Aspects of a New Realism; essay by Tracy Atkinson (1/20/09)
The Neglected Generation of American Realist Painters: 1930-1948, Introduction; essay by Howard E. Wooden (1/12/09)
A Measured and Deliberate Response: The Art of Colin Berry (12/3/08)
Between Heaven and Earth: The Paintings of Martha Mayer Erlebacher (2/3/06)
The Reality Show (9/26/05)
With Friends: Six Magic Realists 1940-1965 (8/9/05)
Bert Carpenter: Persistence of Realism; essay by Sam Yates (5/9/05)
Natural Histories: Realism Revisited (5/27/04)
Facing Reality: The Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism (9/22/03)
The Inner Land: Realist Paintings of Anna Marie Schnur (9/15/03)
Edward Hopper and Urban Realism (9/4/03)
Opening Remarks for "Realism Revisited - The Florence Academy of Art," essay by Rudolf Kober (5/6/03)
Family Matters: American Impressionism and Realism (3/24/03)
From Realism to Abstraction: Art in New Mexico, 1917-2002 (10/31/02)
Joseph Peller: Romantic Myth, Realism and Aestheticism, essay by Diana Mille, (6/11/02)
Realism in the Abstract Age, essay by Jason Edward Kaufman (8/27/01)
Pennsylvania Painters and the Roots of Realism, essay by Judith Hansen O'Toole (8/2/01)
To Be Real, by Richard J. Powell (6/8/01)
From Wyeth to Welliver: American Realism of the Twentieth Century (5/28/01)
Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting, 1950-2000 (3/30/01)
Ultra-realistic Sculpture by Marc Sijan (2/27/01)
Aesthetic Realism Foundation - The Terrain Gallery (5/9/00)
New Realism for a New Millennium (11/23/99)
Charles Rain: Magic Realism (8/14/99)
Realism, PhotoRealism, SuperRealism (8/5/99)
American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection from the National Museum of American Art (3/2/99)
Realism and Regionalism: Works on Paper from the Swope Collection (2/6/99)
American Impressionism and Realism: The Margaret and Raymond Horowitz Collection (2/2/99)
American Society of Classical Realism (10/27/98)
Atelier du Nord: A School of Classical Realism (10/15/98) Seventh in a series on America's centers of learning in traditional methods and styles in the visual arts.
Academy of Realist Art (10/14/98) Fourth in a series on America's centers of learning in traditional methods and styles in the visual arts.
Bougie Studio / The Bougie Studio: Continuing a Long Tradition of Training Painters; essay by Peter Bougie (9/14/98) Second in a series on America's centers of learning in traditional methods and styles in the visual arts.
Interior Pauses: Northwest Contemporary Realism (7/15/98)
Atelier School of Classical Realism (7/14/99) Eighth in a series on America's centers of learning in traditional methods and styles in the visual arts.
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection from the National Museum of American Art (5/6/98)
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection from the National Museum of American Art
As of 3/24/12 TFAO Digital Library contained
From other web sites:
Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher, an exhibit held February 5, 2014 - July 13, 2014 at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Includes essay by Valerie Ann Leeds. Accessed December, 2015.
American realism, from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.
Beyond Realism: The Works of Kent Bellows 1970-2005, an exhibit held 9/25/2010 - 1/16/2011 at the Joslyn Art Museum. Accessed February, 2015
"Classical Realism, A Living Artistic Tradition" by Stephen Gjertson, from Art Renewal Center. Accessed August, 2015.
Contemporary Realism,America, Emerged in the Late 1960's/Early 1970's, from Artcyclopedia.com. Includes artists list. Accessed August, 2015.
D. J. Hall: Selected Works 1974 - 2012, an exhibit held November 28, 2012 - March 31, 2013 at the California Heritage Museum. Accessed December, 2015
A Formal Realist: The Work of John Dubrow, an exhibit held March 1 - May 19, 2013 at the Demuth Museum. Includes press coverage. Accessed 9/14
"Gammell and His Students" by Peter Bougie, from Art Renewal Center. Accessed August, 2015.
Harold Reddicliffe: Paintings from Three Decades, an exhibit held November, 2010 at the Boston University Art Gallery. Accessed August, 2015.
"Hirschl & Adler: Realism Revisited, The Florence Academy of Art" by Sherry L. Ross, from Art Renewal Center. Accessed 5/15
How to Make a World: Jaron Childs, an exhibit held January 17 - March 30, 2014 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Includes exhibit brochure and video interview. Accessed March, 2015
Magic Realism 1943 to 1950's, from Artcyclopedia.com. Includes artists list. Accessed August, 2015.
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, an exhibit held February 28, 2014 - August 17, 2014 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes video and blog entry. Accessed April, 2015.
Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World was a 2016 exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum whcih says: "Rockwell was working at a time when he and other figurative painters like Andrew Wyeth were criticized for their predilection for visual storytelling. In The Connoisseur, Rockwell had cause to defend himself against his detractors and take a good-humored poke at the pieties surrounding abstract painting. In the 1950s, there was heated debate about the relative merits of abstract art, realist art, and illustration art, and Rockwell was frequently caught in the crossfire. Clement Greenberg, one of the most vocal critics of the period and a champion of Pollock and other New York School artists, set the conversation's terms. He argued for aesthetic complexities and challenges of abstract art while protesting the cheapened kitsch culture that he felt dominated America. In Greenberg s lexicon, Rockwell's illustrations were kitsch, popular accessible artworks that appealed to the masses. When such popular forms become the dominant taste, Greenberg argued, the high arts are challenged to flourish and survive a danger in a society as populist and commercial as the United States." See images, press reviews and videos; a 58 min YouTube video "Opening Event: Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World" by NRM; 6 min YouTube video ""Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World" exhibition video" by NRM. Accessed 10/16
Photo Realism from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.
"Nelson Shanks: Humanist Realist" by Kathryn Manzo, from Art Renewal Center. Accessed 5/15
Realism from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.
Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective, an exhibit held Jun 26, 2005 - Aug 28, 2005 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Accessed March, 2015.
Social Realism -America, 1930's, from Artcyclopedia.com
Realism Now: Traditions & Departures, Mentors and Protégés; 46 pages; 54 color, 1 b&w plate; Nov. 2003; Realism Now: Traditions & Departures, Mentors and Protégés, Part II; 46 pages; 52 color, 2 b&w plate; May 2004, from Vose Galleries. Other catalogs also available online. Accessed August, 2015.
Realist Prints and Drawings by Robert Henri and His Circle, an exhibit held January 9 - May 16, 2006 at the Brooklyn Museum. From the Brooklyn Museum website. Information includes exhibit highlights. Accessed August, 2015.
Ronald Christ: Poetic Fictions, an exhibit held September 16 - December 16, 2012 at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Includes gallery guide. Accessed May, 2015.
Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, an exhibit held January 19 - April 14, 2013 at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Includes artist biographies. Accessed August, 2015.
To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, an exhibit held March 11, 2011 - September 5, 2011 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online blog, online video and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.
Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum, which says: "Inspired by Robert C. Jackson's 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters, this exhibition surveys the state of realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. Indicative of this moment are two trends in representational paintingthe depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings." Accessed 10/16
Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, an exhibit held July 1, 2012 - September 16, 2012 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Includes 7:29 video of a conversation featuring Mark Cole, Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, and several images of works in the exhibit. Accessed August, 2015.
"Why Realism?" by Frederick Ross, February 7, 2014 Artists Keynote Address to Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, from Art Renewal Center. Accessed August, 2015.
William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013 was a 2014 exhibit at the Columbus Museum, which said: "As one of the leading realist artists working in the United States, William Beckman is celebrated for the intimacy and emotional power of his figurative drawings. In the first major retrospective of his works on paper, this exhibition explores Beckman's primary subject matter: the individual." Also see William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013. Accessed 10/16.
Portland Museum of Art, Maine presents a review by Jessica May, Curator of Contemporay and Modern Art at PMA, of the exhibit Richard Estes' Realism The exhibit was held May 22, 2014 to September 7, 2014. [03:40] Accessed May, 2015.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art website contains as of 2013 an Interactive Features section with numerous video interviews including an interactive online feature, Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective, which contains videos. In one video the artist describes how he paints motion and stillness and in another he discusses still life vs. landscape painting. Accessed May, 2015.
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art website features SAMA-TV which maintains a YouTube playlist of recordings of lectures and symposiums. As of October, 2013 videos included: Colleen Browning: The Enchantment of Realism (13:20); Colleen Browning: Symposium on 20th Century American Realism, Parts 1-13 (total runtime: approx. 2 hours, 23 minutes) Accessed May, 2015.
And these books
The Boston Painters, 1900-1930, by R. H. Ives Gammell
New Horizons in American Realism, By Christopher R. Young. Published 1991 by Flint Institute of Arts. 94 pages. ISBN 0939896117. Exhibition held at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Mich., June 2 - July 21, 1991 ; Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Fla., Nov. 24, 1991 - Jan. 20, 1992 ; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 1 - April 12, 1992. Book information courtesy of Google Books.
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