Richard Estes, one of the parents of American hyperrealist painting, arrives at Marlborough Barcelona
The Marlborough Gallery in Barcelona presents an exhibition where fourteen works by Richard Estes, one of the founders of the photorealistic pictorial movement that was born in the United States in the late sixties of the twentieth century, can be seen. It is his first solo exhibition in Barcelona ten years after the great retrospective dedicated to him by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid in 2007.
Estes’s work is marked by a meticulous description of buildings, urban crosses with their signs and signs and, above all, by their emphasis on reflecting the reflections of both metallic and glass surfaces, also studying the ambiguity of the latter that sometimes transparent and others project the image in front of them. The artist gives life to works that the eye never tires of scrutinizing by its multiplication of perspectives, so that the pictures become a set of mirrors in which Estes studies the distorting effect of the light on the reflecting surfaces. In this regard, Guillermo Solana points out in the foreword to the catalog of the exhibition: “In the painting of Estes, I see the Nothing irisar the world and glitter over things.”
Leaving aside the rigid and vertiginous metropolitan angles, we will present in the exhibition two works that are part of an extensive series dedicated to the Antarctic, in which Estes creates magnificent effects of both the velvety stretches of water and the glaciers reflections in the waves of the ships of that semi-frozen world, and which will be exposed for the first time in the Iberian peninsula.
Richard Estes was born in Kewanee, Illinois in 1932. From 1952 to 1956 he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to New York in 1959 where his first solo exhibition took place in 1967. In 1996 he was awarded the MECA Award as a visual artist at the Maine College of Art in Portland. In 2007 a retrospective of the work of the artist, Richard Estes: The sensuality of the real was celebrated in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Madrid and the Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He currently lives and works between New York and Maine.
The work of the artist, one of the most important of the second half of the 20th century, can be found in numerous collections and museums including: Académie Française, Paris, France; The Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, USA; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; Museum Ludwig, Germany; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Modern Art, Kansas City, USA; Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen, Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany; Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, USA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.