artists have begun to make the shift back to realism in painting, but
without sacrificing the conceptual and political issues that continue
to inform much of today's contemporary art. Lurking behind the realistic
imagery are clues to the paintings' meanings, which are not always immediately
apparent. By painting in a realistic style that carries a satirical "bite,"
these paintings may alter our view of traditional "realistic"
painting. Artists included Kerry James Marshall, Laurie Hogin, Ida Applebroog,
and Catherine Murphy, among others.