Photorealist Urban Landscapes: A Historical Overview

Exhibition features Cheryl Kelley November 3-17

New York City, NY — Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery is pleased to the announce Photorealist Urban Landscapes, the first exhibition to present a historical overview of cityscape paintings by the following artists; Robert Bechtle, Anthony Brunelli, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Max Ferguson, Robert Gniewek, Gus Heinze, Don Jacot, Charles Jarboe, Cheryl Kelley, Ron Kleemann, Neil MacCormick, Jack Mendenhall, Bertrand Meniel, Robert Neffson, Adam Normandin, John Salt, Raphaella Spence, and Nathan Walsh. This historical survey of the Photorealist urban landscape aims to access and reevaluate the method in which the cityscape has traditionally been painted. The earliest painting in this exhibition is by Ron Kleemann and the most recent painting is by Raphaella Spence.

Spence’s Roma di Sera (2016), depicts the historical city skyline over a bridge on the Tiber river in Rome. The city’s history is mirrored in its architecture that it is meticulously painted in the background and reflected in the river. In contrast, an earlier painting of the Old Police Headquarters (1984) by Richard Estes captures a quintessential cityscape scene. It is the former headquarters of the New York City Police Department. Estes paved the way for artists working today by narrowing his streets to follow the multiple point perspective of his compositions depicted in this painting.

Kleemann’s Manhattan on the Hudson (1979) is a painting of a yellow helicopter and a yellow maintenance truck at the Heliport in midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River. There is a gray chain link fence serving as a barrier between the viewer and the Heliport. The license plate of the maintenance truck reads NY indicating that the rarely depicted setting is New York City. The only skyscrapers in Weehawken, New Jersey and are visible in the far distance.

Approximately two dozen paintings are included in this exhibition. Many of the artists exhibited here are also on view in the traveling museum exhibition 50 Years of Hyperrealism that is currently on view at the Osthaus Museum in Hagen Germany through January 2017. The exhibition has traveled to notable institutions such as the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza in Spain, the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, The Birmingham Gallery of Art and more.