New York City's acclaimed Hirschl & Adler Gallery is putting on a summer show befitting of our current cultural moment. "With 'alternative facts' dominating today’s news," writes Aileen Marcantonio in the press release, "this exhibition explores how trickery has captivated artists and delighted viewers throughout art history. Focusing on still life, landscape painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from the nineteenth century to the present, 'License to Deceive' will investigate ways in which artists make illusion and deception an integral part of their work."
Among the works featured is a luminous—and wondrously, subtly fickle—landscape by our very own Jasper Francis Cropsey (pictured above). Continues Marcantonio: "Hudson River School painters approached their landscape subjects with scientific exactitude. Sketching was an important part of their creative process as a means to study and record what they saw in nature for later adaptation and interpretation in studio easel paintings. The photographic precision of these landscape paintings suggests that they are unmediated replications of scenery and topography, but appearances can be deceiving. After a summer of travel, exploration, and sketching, Hudson River School painters would compose scenes in the winter back in their New York studios, combining views and details from different locations—as well as from their imaginations—to create fictional places that encompassed various aesthetic, political, or religious ideals." Other examples of these landscapes featured in this special exhibition include paintings by Frederic Edwin Church, George Cope, William Michael Harnett, John Frederick Peto and William Lewis Sonntag. More modern artists participating include Lily Cox-Richard, Andy Mister, John Moore, Larry Kagan and Paul Wonner.
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