DELAWARE ART MUSEUM PRESENTS TRUTH & VISION: 21ST CENTURY REALISM

Exhibition featuring 20 contemporary realist painters

WILMINGTON, DE 

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to present Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism. On view October 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017, this exhibition surveys the state of representational painting at the beginning of the 21st century and features approximately 40 works by 20 contemporary realist artists from throughout the United States and Canada.

The Delaware Art Museum has a long history of displaying contemporary representational painting. Many of the artists featured in Truth & Vision acknowledge the impact of artists featured in the Museum’s permanent collection–Jefferson David Chalfant, Howard Pyle, Edward Hopper, N.C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth. While the influences are similar, there is much to celebrate in the diversity of representational painting–recognizable images–today.

Some artists engage directly with traditional artistic techniques, such as trompe l’oeil, meaning to fool or deceive the eye, while others present photorealistic renderings of the post-industrial landscape. Indicative of this moment in 21st-century representational art are two trends–the depiction of the natural world and the creation of fantastic imaginings. Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism traces the contemporary developments in a mode of painting historically associated with greater Brandywine Valley artists and celebrates realism’s profound and varied development in this century.

“This exhibition connects to representational painting seen in the Museum’s collections and throughout its exhibition history,” explains Margaret Winslow, Delaware Art Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art. “I’m thrilled to present these artists here in Wilmington since many of them have been heavily influenced by the artistic legacy of the Brandywine Valley.”

Through drawings and paintings of the figure, still lifes, and landscapes, the 20 artists in the exhibition draw inspiration from the art historical canon–Renaissance painting, the Hudson River School, American Modernism–and advance realism as a critical mode of painting in the 21st century.

The exhibition was inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s 2014 publication, Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters. Jackson assembled the responses of the 20 artists who share their intentions, inspirations, and even their daily studio practice. A painter himself and one of the artists featured in Truth & Vision, Jackson also has a 2010 painting, The Apple Guy, in the Museum’s collection,  currently on view in the Lynn Herrick Sharp Gallery for contemporary art.

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Featured Artists

Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin.

Featured Book

Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters by Robert C. Jackson features interviews with Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin. Over 140 images of their paintings are showcased as well as photographs of the artists in their studios and an epilogue by Pamela Sienna. The 264-page hardbound book from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. will be available for purchase in the Museum Store for $60.00.

Sponsors and Partners

Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism was organized by the Delaware Art Museum and is made possible by the Emily duPont Memorial Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806 is open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals and the Longwood Foundation. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit the website at delart.org.

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