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Contemporary American realist drawings : the Jalane and Richard Davidson collection at the Art Institute of Chicago
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : The Art Institute ; New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Hudson Hills Press, c1999.
Physical Description:
viii, 136 p. : ill. (some col.), ports ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Nov. 6, 1999-Jan. 2, 2000.
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Book N6512.5.R4F56 1999 1

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The Davidsons assembled an extraordinary collection of American drawings dating from 1960 to the present, showcasing the continuing currency of realism and humanism. Featuring such artists as William Bailey, Jack Beal, William Beckman, Rackstraw Downes, Janet Fish, Alex Katz, Alfred Leslie, Michael Mazur, Alice Neel, and Philip Pearlstein, the collection has been given to the Art Institute of Chicago, which is exhibiting 125 of its finest examples. This beautiful volume includes biographies of the artists and an important critical essay by Ruth E. Fine. 126 colour illustrations

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In this exhibition catalog of the Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, the artwork spans the period 1960-97, with the bulk from the 1970s and '80s. The introductory essay by Fine (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC) is easy to read and includes excellent notes that could serve as a basis for additional research if desired. A brief biography of each artist is included in a 12-page appendix. There are 125 reproductions in color, duotones, and black and white printed on lightly coated paper stock. Quality is high throughout. There is no dearth of books on drawing, but this one documents a unique collection of realist drawings (portrait, landscape, and still life) in one of America's premier museum collections. The interesting part of the collection is that self-portraits are followed by other drawings by the same artists in the area of landscape, still life, or portraits of others. Every artist in the collection is a superb technician and sensitive observer. Despite the fact that the text is difficult for young readers and directed toward adults, this book will find use among a wide spectrum of readers from grade school through adult. All levels. C. Stroh; Western Michigan University