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 Past Exhibition

Reality Bites: Realism in Contemporary Art
May 4–June 23, 1996
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Contemporary 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.