You can only see a handful of Lichtenstein and Warhol knock-offs before you start demanding answers: Where is pop art going? Does it still exist? Has it, uhm, popped forever? Maybe you need to have a fling with Photorealism, Pop Arts kid sister, and see if shes got what youre (artistically) longing for.
At Shock of the Real: Photorealism Revisited,the latest addition to the Boca Raton Museum of Arts collections, youll stare, awestruck, at art imitating life. Taken from photographs, the images are recreated onto canvas in obsessively accurate detail, blurring the line between what is, and what isnt real. If youve got a penchant for all things pastry, spend some time salivating over Audrey Flacks 1974 acrylic on canvas, Strawberry Tart Supreme. Count the floors of the auto mall reflecting on the Chryslers hood in Richard Estes 1969 oil painting NYC Parking Lot. But most of all, wonder who has both the talent and dedication to render a mirrored version of another medium. Its bizarre, beautiful, and real.
Visit the Boca Raton Museum of Art at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Shock of the Real runs through March 11th. Tickets range $6 to $18. Call 561-392-2500, or visit bocamuseum.org.
Dec. 18-March 11, 2008