Gallery 1261 is proud to present The Renaissance of Realism, a group exhibition in two parts, presented in collaboration with Windows to the Divine, Collectors for Connoisseurship, and Shannon Robinson. This year, rather than staging another installment of our highly popular Contemporary Realism exhibition, we invited Shannon Robinson to curate a show in conjunction with ours. We have a long relationship with Shannon as a collector, a patron of the arts, and through her work with Windows to the Divine, a charity organization that hosts events in which many Gallery 1261 artists participate each year. When she approached us with the idea of hosting this joint exhibition in conjunction with her launch of Collectors for Connoisseurship and its National Symposium at the Denver Art Museum*, we thought it would be a great continuation of our work with Shannon.
To be in the renaissance of something is to be in midst of the culturally rich, diverse, and exciting, and in the instance of this exhibition that notion cannot be truer. The Renaissance of Realism celebrates a wide range of ideas through the eyes of a multitude of artists, from those just starting out to the well-established. Realism within this exhibition is depicted in varying degrees, from hyper-real to semi-abstract, and each artist brings their own ideas and perspective to the table. No two pieces are the same, the subject matter is abundant and widely expansive, yet they seamlessly meld together within the exhibition.
By taking the time to recognize the vast and rich field of realism in painting, one can glean a sense of the ideas presented by each artist. Some works deal with older themes like vanitas but with a contemporary twist (Anthony Waichulis), others present a more apocalyptic tone (David Cheifetz), and some remain in the realm of the figurative but push it to otherworldly extremes (Vincent Xeus). There is a plethora of subject matter present within this exhibition, dozens of ideas to digest, and even more to speculate about. All this to say that there is so much happening within the genre of realism that it cannot be neatly categorized.
Historically the Renaissance was a period of creative innovation and cultural magnificence and, by using that term to categorize the exhibition, the curators have carefully chosen artists whose work reflects those same ideals. The work within this show highlights the important role each of these artists have in the painterly realm of realism. With such a wide range of imagery and subject matter, as viewers we are left with much to mull over and speculate about for a long time to come.
Participating artists curated by Gallery 1261:
Mia Bergeron, Suchitra Bhosle, Gregory Block, David Cheifetz, Zoey Frank, Scott Fraser, Dianne L. Massey Dunbar, Hollis Dunlap, Greg Gandy, Vincent Giarrano, David Gluck, Quang Ho, Robert C Jackson, David Leffel, Jeff Legg, Lucong, Jeremy Mann, Sherrie McGraw, Heather Neill, Kate Sammons, Robin Cole Smith, Daniel Sprick, Joseph Todorovitch, Henrik Uldalen, Anthony Waichulis, Leah Waichulis, Aaron Westerberg, Vincent Xeus.
Participating artists curated by Shannon Robinson:
Master Artists: Scott Fraser, David Gray, Quang Ho, Robert Jackson, David Leffel, Lucong, Sherrie McGraw, Jill Soukup, Daniel Sprick, Nancy Switzer, Joseph Todorovitch, and Vincent Xeus.
Rising Stars: Daliah Ammar, Mia Bergeron, Gregory Block, David Cheifetz, Zoey Frank, Greg Gandy, Daniel Keys.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 13th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Renaissance of Realism - Group Exhibition
Nov. 13th - Dec. 5th
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 13th, 7-10 p.m.
As part of Windows to the Divine's mission to provide education to collectors, this year the Foundation will launch a new national network for collectors called Collectors for Connoisseurship. At their national symposiums, art lovers will view art, learn about collecting, and engage in a national dialogue about the direction of art and what collectors can do to promote the vocation of the artist.
National Symposium attendees are invited to the Opening Gala of the Windows to the Divine Renaissance of Realism Exhibition at Gallery 1261. The public is invited to view the exhibition during gallery hours from November 13 - December 5.
More information on the National Symposium: