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11.01.2011

 

A photo is a photo, but is sometimes a painting after all. 'Hyper Real' tours Europe

A photograph or a painting? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Some artists are apt at blurring the boundaries between the two disciplines to such a degree, one has to look twice to spot it.

The name of the game is photorealism, super-realism, some dub it radical realism or hyper realism. It's all about the 'passion of the real in art and photography'.

The new realist art emerged by the end of the 1960s, alongside Pop Art. Artists such as Richard Estes, Ralph Goings and Malcolm Morley transformed unspectacular templates such as snapshots, amateur photographs and newspaper snippets into large format images, usually with the help of slide projectors.

In focus of the images was the American Way of Life of the late 1960s and 1970s, flashy chrome, opulent shop windows and portraits of celebrities emulate the way of life, let alone capture the desired lifestyle of the masses for the first time.

The exhibition presents photorealism in the context of pop art, therefore connecting the main oeuvre of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.

It was around that time that colour photography began to rise from being a mass product to being an art from and as such, photographers with tendencies to focus on the real, made room for artists such as Jeff Wall or Thomas Ruff.

The discipline's influence was not limited to the United States and illustrious names such as Gerhard Richter or Richard Hamilton joined the ranks.

'Hyper Real' will run until the 13th of February 2011 at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna and will go on to travel to Aachen and Budapest.


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Die Passion des Realen in Malerei und Fotografie

(the passion of the real in painting and photography)
MuMoK
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
Until 13th of February 2011
Daily, 10am – 6pm
Thurs, 10am – 9pm


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Kunst und Amerika um 1970

(Art and America around 1970)
Ludwig Forum
Jülicher Straße 97-109
52070 Aachen
13th of March – 19th of June 2011
Private View 13th of March, 12noon


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Ludwig Múzeum

Komor Marcell u. 1
Budapest
29th of July – 23rd October 2011

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