Artists

Catherine Prescott

Catherine Prescott’s exhibition at Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove, New York (June 8–July 29, 2012), was titled “Interior, Exterior.” At first glance, that description seems to indicate little more than her range of subject matter— portraits, still lifes and landscapes. But the phrase also encapsulates the way she fuses realistic...

Refiguring Texas Realism

Ron Cheek, whose show “Refiguring Texas Realism,” is on view August 30–October 21, 2012, at Texas A & M University, takes artistic freedom to mean responsibility to what he paints and mastery of technique.  He has schooled himself and others in the old-master crafts of drawing, portraiture and the figure.  His Texas...

Michael Klein


Michael Klein’s still lifes, on view at Collins Galleries in Orleans, Massachusetts, have a timeless quality. The subjects he chooses—fruits, flowers, simple terra cotta or glass vessels—have been popular since antiquity. His compositions are built on the kind of kitchen or studio...

Christopher Stott


It’s not likely that any one of us has recently dialed a rotary phone, composed a letter on a manual typewriter, consulted a grammar textbook from 1920 or checked a steamer trunk through at the airport. And yet most of us have an intimate familiarity with these objects, no matter what our...

The American Hand

The accomplished, mostly small-scale works in “The American Hand: Sculpture from Three Centuries,” at Babcock Galleries in New York City (February 2–March 16, 2012), reflected not only their makers’ skills but also the milieu in which they were created. Take, for example, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s (1848–1907) Diana of the Tower (...

Hildreth Meière

“Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière,” at the Museum of Biblical Art inNew York City, offers a glimpse into the rarely examined field of twentieth-century liturgical art. Although not widely known today, Hildreth Meière (1892–1961) has a solid core of admirers for her Art Deco designs, and no...

Cesar Santos

Cuban-American painter Cesar Santos’s first New York City solotion, at Eleanor Ettinger Gallery (October 27–December 5, 2011), was titled “Syncretism.” The term syncretic is often used to describe cultural hybridity—the mix, say, of European and indigenous iconography in Latin American folk art, or the folk art-inspired work of...

Harry Holland, Stuart Luke Gatherer, Iain Faulkner, Ian Cumberland

This summer, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City showcased the work of a half dozen British figurative painters, demonstrating once again that the contemporary realism revival is an international phenomenon. The Russian painters Olga Antonova and Ilya Zomb, Italian photorealists such as...

Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin

Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin’s spring exhibition, “Above and Beyond,” at L.A. Louver in Venice, California, seemed steeped in serene pantheism. Her cloud studies and landscapes of rolling hills are easy to place in the tradition of Romantics such as Corot and Constable. Yet her paintings also grow out of a specific American sensibility....

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...

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