Lifelike by Siri Engberg

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Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of art since the late 1960s based on commonplace objects and situations that are startlingly realistic, often playful and sometimes surreal--works that investigate the quieter side of the quotidian. While artists such as Vija Celmins, Rudolf Stingel and Paul Sietsema employ illusionistic painting and drawing, others' use of materials is surprising--Thomas Demand's video of what appears to be a rainstorm is made from animated candy wrappers; Susan Collis' sculpture of construction debris is fashioned from exotic hardwoods, mother of pearl and silver. What binds these artists together is their rejection of the easy route technology might offer in favor of labor-intensive fabrication. Featuring painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, video and installations by more than 40 artists, Lifelike is the first publication to address the recent history of artists using these strategies across media.
 

About Siri Engberg

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Siri Engberg is associate curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, repository of the largest archive of Motherwell's prints. A native of New Haven, she studied at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin and at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis. Michael Lobel is Associate Professor of Art History and DireMichael Lobel is Associate Professor of Art History and DireMichael Lobel is Associate Professor of Art History and DireMichael Lobel is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Crictor of the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Crictor of the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Crictor of the M.A. Program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism, and Theory at Purchase College, State University of ticism, and Theory at Purchase College, State University of ticism, and Theory at Purchase College, State University of ticism, and Theory at Purchase College, State University of New York. New York. New York. New York.
 
Published April 30, 2012 by Walker Art Center. 192 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography.

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