Daniel Sprick, “Souls in Purgatory,” 2016, oil on board, 30 x 48 inches

Opening soon, Gerald Peters Gallery in New York is offering a fantastic and comprehensive exhibition aimed at surveying American realism today. Who are the big names who were carefully curated into the show?

Curated by major representational painter Daniel Sprick and gallery owner Peter Marcelle, “American Realism: A Survey” is a stunning exhibition opening May 18 at Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City. The exhibition was born from the friendship between the two curators and their mutual love for realist art.

John Baeder, “Club Charm,” watercolor on paper, 20 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches
Bob Bartlett, “The Observer,” 2008, oil on linen, 48 x 66 inches
David Desimone, “Brooklyn Gothic,” 2016, oil on canvas

The show will feature a range of paintings, drawings, and sculpture and “explores the pluralistic nature of the realism movement,” according to the gallery. “What constitutes realism? Over time the definition has been blurred by the vast diversity of styles within realist art. Realism has remained a constant in American painting, though appearing in various guises: traditional realism, photo realism, hyper realism, magic realism, painterly realism, neo-academic realism, and many more, all fall within its ever-widening parameters.”

Kenton Nelson, “A Night Out,” 2014, oil on canvas, 54 x 45 inches
Clio Newton, “The Bathers,” 2015, charcoal on paper, 88 1/2 x 59 inches

The gallery continues, “The exhibition will highlight the works of notable contemporary luminaries such as Jamie Wyeth, Daniel Sprick, Harvey Dinnerstein, and Steven Assael, while paying homage to past exemplars such as John Koch and Andrew Wyeth. Through varying styles, each artist presents their interpretation of reality; all use a direct visual language to convey their individual truth.”

Jeffrey Ripple, “Brush,” 2016, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches
Rafael Soares, “White Breed with Lop Ears,” 2016, watercolor on paper, 25 x 30 inches

Artists included in the show are Steven Assael, John Baeder, Bo Bartlett, Michael Bergt, Derek Buckner, Davis Cone, David Desimone, Harvey Dinnerstein, Miriam Dougenis, Jeanne Duval, Eric Fischl, Scott Fraser, Susan Grossman, Quang Ho, Michael Klein, Alan Magee, Kenton Nelson, Clio Newton, Louise Peabody, Jeffrey Ripple, Marc Sijan, Rafael Soares, Daniel Sprick, David Uhl, Michael Viera, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, and Brenda Zlamany.

To learn more, visit Gerald Peters Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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