Artists

John Pence Gallery

“Winter Landscapes,” at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco in January, explored the painterly possibilities of the season with forty works by contemporary artists and past masters. Less colorful than other times of year—blossoming spring, emerald summer or vibrant autumn—winter has its own attractions, even for city dwellers....

Perlow Gallery

This winter the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery in New York City presented “Three Visions: Landscapes in 2005,” showcasing a trio of mature painters adept at combining realistic depictions of the natural world with the abstract demands of pictorial space. Harold Gregor (b. 1929), founder of the Heartland School, established his...

Leslie Horan Simon

Leslie Horan Simon’s (b. 1953) solo debut at the Fischbach Gallery in New York City is titled “Emerson’s Eyes,” an allusion to a key belief of the great American Transcendalist:  “Everything in Nature contains all the powers of nature. Everything is made of hidden stuff.” Horan employs a restrained palette and finds her landscapes in...

Kehinde Wiley

“Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley Paintings” at the Brooklyn Museum, is the first museum exhibition for this talented artist, who combines art history with a contemporary vernacular idiom. The show of about twenty works celebrates the museum’s acquisition of five of the nine components of Wiley’s (b. 1977) suite Passing/Posing (2003)....

Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin Fitzgerald’s blurred, contemplative landscapes have some of the muted density associated with the nineteenth-century Swedenborgian painter George Inness. Exhibitions in August (at the East End Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts) and October (at Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland) showcase recent work by this...

Klaudia Marr Gallery

A number of galleries across the United States provide showcases for the ongoing revival in representational painting. Klaudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe presented its eleventh Annual Realism Invitational this fall, with over thirty artists employing a variety of mediums and styles. One of the traditional components of realism is...

Lynn Veitzer

Lynn Veitzer is a talented young artist who has benefited from rigorous academic art training. An exhibition of her mysterious and beautiful still-life oil paintings, recently on view at the Spanierman gallery, reconfirms that New York City—once regarded as the birthplace of American abstraction—has now become home to a burgeoning...

Edgar Jerins

A recent show at the Tatistscheff Gallery in New York City (May 13–June 26) showed six works by Edgar Jerins that stretched the definition of drawing. There was nothing offhand or intimate about these huge charcoals on sheets of paper often measuring five-by-eight feet. The Nebraska-born artist describes these unsettling interior...

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Jenkin's Johnson Gallery in San Francisco presented its Sixth Annual Realism Invitational this summer. The term realism is a more elastic rubric for contemporary practitioners than it was for nineteenth-century artists. While the thirty-six artists—mostly painters—in the exhibition share a commitment to depicting the world as it...

John Pence Gallery

William Bartlett, Hope, 2003
Courtesy John Pence Gallery
San Francisco, California

This spring the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco invited forty-two realist painters to consider what makes a painting allegorical. The resulting seventy work show was strikingly diverse, as artists played with the notion of...

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