© © Richard Estes, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York
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Richard Estes' photorealism in Washington, DC
Richard Estes is one of the founders of photorealism, and the way he plays with light, reflection and perspective will trick you into thinking his cityscapes are real. Also, everything in the Illinois-artist's paintings has equal visual weight — the background is as detailed and as focused as what’s in the foreground — which creates a sense of hyper reality. Through February 5, you can get lost in his world at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. The Richard Estes’ Realism exhibit features 46 paintings from the late 1960s to 2013 making it the first complete overview of his work in the US since 1978. He’s known for urban scenes — NYC, London, Paris and Tokyo — but landscape paintings of Maine’s coast and the woods on Mount Desert Island, where he’s spent part of each year since the late 1970s, will also be on view. Admission is free. tel: (202) 633-7970; americanart.si.edu.
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