June 21 – August 24, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
Photorealist artists use the silkscreen medium to explore the urban landscape, balancing realism with illusion. Photorealism evolved from Pop Art in the United States in the late 1960s and explored the urban landscape — highways, billboards, strip malls, and downtowns. Referencing photography to create silkscreen prints that balanced realism with illusion, photorealists manipulated finish, texture, and light-and-dark contrasts to yield intriguing results. Work by Charles Bell, Noel Mahaffey, Tom Blackwell, and others comes from the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia.