Artists

John Pence Gallery

Carl Dobsky (b. 1972) brings a muted sense of poetry to humble everyday objects and urban scenes. His fall show at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, where the artist recently moved from New York City, demonstrates both technical skill and individuality. Like many of today’s accomplished young realists, Dobsky studied at Jacob...

Tapestries

Combining historical artform with up-to-date technology, “Tapestries,” at the Klaudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe, documents an exciting and ambitious new area of collaboration. The Magnolia Editions Tapestry Project offers contemporary artists opportunities to rethink a millennia-old medium. Highlights from the history of tapestry...

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

The gallery scene, once mostly dormant during the summer months, now extends across a longer schedule. During June and July, Jenkins Johnson Gallery presented its Eighth Annual Realism Invitational. For the first time the event was held on both coasts, with twenty of the thirty-eight artists showing work in both San Francisco and New...

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

“The Eternal Masquerade,” an exhibition of paintings and prints by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1890–1978), appeared at the Georgia Museum of Art earlier this fall. Born in Birmingham, England, and educated at the Birmingham School of Art and the Royal Academy, Brockhurst moved to the United States in 1939. He was one of the most...

Jeremy Lipking

California artist Jeremy Lipking (b. 1975) presented his third solo show at Arcadia Gallery in New York City this summer. The influence of his heroes—the American John Singer Sargent, the Spaniard Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, the Swede Anders Zora, the Frenchman Jules Bastien-Lepage—is evident in the elegant draftsmanship and spirited...

Aquamanilia

“Lions, Dragons and Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages, Vessels for Church and Table,” at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York City, is the first comprehensive exhibition of these objects from the Metropolitan Museum’s world-class collection. Aquamanilia had both sacred...

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City is best known for its innovative, elegantly installed decorative arts exhibitions. But the three Hewitt sisters who, in 1897, founded the forerunner of the institution—the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration—were also interested in American painting....

Hudson River School

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the best places in the world to study the Hudson River School. Re-installed after a two-and-a-half-year national tour, the collection includes major works by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Sanford Gifford, John Kensett and others. Also on display, in addition...

Julio Valdez

Julio Valdez (b. 1969), a graduate of the innovative Altos de Chavon School of Design, an affiliate of Parsons School of Design, received the Grand Prix at the XVIII E. Leon Jimenez Biennial in his native Dominican Republic in 2000. An artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum of Harlem in the late 1990s, he now has his own studio in...

Group Shows

Representational artists are becoming more high-profile these days, and group shows are part of the phenomenon. Because they tend to cast a wide net, group shows sometimes yield a mixed bag, in terms of quality. While it’s encouraging to see more realists, long shut out by a powerful segment of the art establishment, getting their...

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