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

The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York, is the proud venue of an eye-popping exhibition featuring painting by some of the most talented hyper-realist artists working today. But that’s not all. Who’s — and what’s — included, and for how long?

Last weekend, the Nassau County Museum of Art opened a tour-de-force exhibition on realism in art, focused in part on contemporary artists who are taking trompe l’oeil to new heights in the 21st century. “Fool the Eye” will continue through March 4 and features works by, among others, Salvador Dalí, Janet Fish, Audrey Flack, Jasper Johns, Judith Leiber, Roy Lichtenstein, Vik Muniz, Ben Schoenzeit, and Victor Vasarely. Contemporary artists include Lorraine Shemesh, Marc Sijan, and Daniel Sprick.

According to the museum, viewers should “get ready to be amazed by an exhibition filled with optical illusions and artistic sleight of hand! To separate what’s real from what is a clever ruse in ‘Fool The Eye’ takes an alert eye and the willingness to examine art carefully. Enjoy the visual journey. Take a few steps to the right and observe, draw your conclusions about what you think you see. Then, a few steps to the left reveals a whole new image. The guesses multiply. Is it a flat surface or a sculpture? Is it a photograph or a painting? Is it made of wood or bronze, rubber or steel? Is it real or faux? Expect the unexpected through moments of fascination, intrigue, shock, and astonishment.

“‘Fool the Eye’, on view at the Museum’s Saltzman Fine Arts Building from Saturday November 18, 2017 through March 4, 2018, challenges viewers to experience the wonder of masterful artistic techniques. This exhibition includes examples of traditional trompe l’oeil (meticulously painted, hyper-real images) and a wide range of other approaches to illusion. See larger-than-life oversized objects, hypnotic geometric abstractions, sculptures made of unexpected materials, images with mind-bending impossibilities, and fine art so seemingly realistic, they are (nearly) indistinguishable from real things. The magic will provoke debates in every gallery about reality and deception.”

To learn more, visit The Nassau County Museum of Art.

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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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