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Reviewing Realism: Eric Fischl, Will Cotton and the Legacy of American Photorealism

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Reviewing Realism: Eric Fischl, Will Cotton and the Legacy of American Photorealism

D'Amico, Stephanie/ A (2011) Reviewing Realism: Eric Fischl, Will Cotton and the Legacy of American Photorealism. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis positions realist painting as a site of visual innovation and critical reflection in a cultural climate dominated by advanced representational technologies. Focusing in particular on the work of Eric Fischl and Will Cotton, I examine how these contemporary realist painters establish a dialogue with current visual technologies. I also posit and explore these artists’ inheritance of a set of concerns from the American Photorealist painters of the 60s and 70s— a group of artists who I suggest have been misconstrued as the regressive anomaly during an otherwise avant-garde art historical moment. Through an extended consideration of the questions and visual strategies shared by Cotton, Fischl, and the American Photorealists, I demonstrate how their respective visions of “realism” reflect a critical awareness of the technological and socio-cultural changes unique to their respective historical moments.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:D'Amico, Stephanie/ A
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:14 September 2011
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sloan, Johanne
Keywords:Photorealism, Contemporary Realist Painting, 1960s, Will Cotton, Eric Fischl, Representational Technologies, Deconstruction
ID Code:35851
Deposited By:STEPHANIE D'AMICO
Deposited On:17 Nov 2011 15:54
Last Modified:17 Nov 2011 15:54
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