Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s, the first major showing of Photorealism in Germany in nearly thirty years, features thirty-one paintings, a number of them the most iconic works of the period, by fourteen artists: Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, Malcolm Morley, John Salt, and Ben Schonzeit. The works in this exhibition provide a snapshot of both this important chapter in art history and a particular moment in American history.
The exhibition will acknowledge the recognition accorded to American Photorealism in Germany during the 1970s through the inclusion of numerous works collected by Peter and Irene Ludwig and a portfolio of ten lithographs produced in conjunction with Documenta V, which included a major presentation dedicated to the movement.
This video by Martin Griessmüller and Daniel Miller provides an exhibition walkthrough during the opening reception, an introduction by curator Valerie Hillings, and statements by the artists Ron Kleemann, Robert Bechtle, and Tom Blackwell.
Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s at Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. The exhibition runs until the 10th May, 2009.
PS: Interview with the new Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong at Deutsche Bank Artmag.
> Right-click (Mac: ctrl-click) this link to download Quicktime video file.