Artist Reviews

Peterson Collection

Collectors play an important role in the art world, most creatively at times when tastes are changing and living artists benefit from their support. “Persistence of Vision: The Peterson Collection of Contemporary Realist Art,” recently on view at the New York Academy of Art (April 22–May 8, 2011) in New York City, showcased one collector... More »

Jacob Collins

One of the highlights of the New York City gallery season was the early summer exhibition of new work byJacob Collins at Adelson Galleries (May 11–July 28, 2011). A superb painter and draftsman, he has served as a mentor to a generation of talented artists in the contemporary realist movement—first at his Water Street Atelier and now at... More »

Guillermo Munoz Vera

Guillermo Muñoz Vera’s exhibition at Forum Gallery in New York City demonstrates the perennial vitality of Spanish realism, a tradition of straightforward, technically accomplished illusionism grounded in respect for the dignity of the subject. Born in Chile in 1956, Muñoz Vera settled in Madrid in 1979. His substantial body of work... More »

Daniel Sprick

 Daniel Sprick’s spring exhibition (March 19–April 10, 2011) at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York City demonstrated how to combine traditional skills and themes with a contemporary sensibility. This is a challenge faced by many realist painters today, and Sprick has found a very personal path through the labyrinth. Distinctly, I... More »

Alexandre Hogue

A major retrospective traveling through Texas, “Alexandre Hogue—An American Visionary—Paintings and Works on Paper,” belongs on 2011’s must-see list. The paintings, drawings and prints in this exhibition come from sixty-five private collectors and institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum inWashington, D.C. and the... More »

Jo Ellen Van Ouwerkerk

Jo Ellen Ouwerkerk revisits nineteenth-century feminine icons in “Curious Sanctuary” (January 29–March 19, 2011), her latest exhibition at the Woodward Gallery in New York City. The title of the show neatly encapsulates the mood of her paintings, which explore the private fantasies of her offbeat heroines. Van Ouwerkerk draws on Pre-... More »

George Inness

“George Inness in Italy,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a compact exhibition, featuring just ten paintings, but it offers fresh insights into the career of one of America’s great landscapists. The occasion for the exhibition, which includes significant loans, is the recent conservation of the Philadelphia Museum’s Twilight on the... More »

Fatima Ronquillo

Fatima Ronquillo’s small, colorful idealized portraits, on view May 20–June 24, 2011, at Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe, build on a very personal approach to tradition. Born in the Philippines, she emigrated as a child to San Antonio, Texas, and now maintains a studio in Santa Fe. Ronquillo is a self-taught artist, who filters classic... More »

Peter Hoffer

Peter Hoffer’s landscapes, on view at Chase Young Gallery in Boston (November 3–28, 2010), are layered meditations on nineteenth-century Romanticism and nature. The layering is literal as well as conceptual, since Hoffer’s elaborate technique both replicates and comments on the varnishing practices of the salon exhibition. What the... More »

Salvador Rosa

Salvador Rosa (1615–73) was a celebrated painter with a signature style. His dark, turbulent, theatrical landscapes—a personal scenography of the sublime—influenced generations of artists, including J.M.W. Turner. He brought the same sensibility to his allegories and classical subjects; he was part of an intelligentsia deeply involved in... More »