Photorealism

Grants
Grants, 1972
Richard Estes
Serigraph cel
Restricted gift of David T. Owsley via the
Alconda-Owsley Foundation and Friends Fund
Visitors to the David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University will benefit because a previous director paid great attention to what was happening in the world of contemporary art in the 1970s. Now an exhibition of those acquisitions, Photorealist works from the museum’s collection, will be on view in the Brown Study Room.

“William Story made acquisitions at the moment when Photorealism was coming into its own,” said Director Peter Blume. Among those acquisitions was a Chuck Close mezzotint, Keith, made in 1972 and purchased in 1974. “This is really the most astute, and economical, way to purchase contemporary art—while the ink is still wet. Not that you can’t make mistakes, but Story really didn’t,” Blume said.

Photorealism emerged as an American art form in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Using cameras and photographs to gather information, the Photorealists translated those visual images onto canvas. Photorealist artists worked to emphasize the impact of photography on daily life and the perception of reality in modern American culture. Eighteen works from the museum collection will be on display in the exhibition. Artists will include Richard Estes, Robert Bechtle, Don Eddy, and Tom Blackwell.

Exhibition Date: January 15, 2010 - March 14, 2010