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Rod Penner: Hyperrealism: 1967 - 2012

In the late 1960s, the USA saw the emergence of a new trend in painting that focused on the realistic representation of scenes and objects from everyday American life. The artists involved always used photography as preliminary documentation for their works. This movement achieved its first recognition when it was shown at Documenta in Kassel in 1972. The exhibition to be held at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in 2013 will offer the first complete survey of Hyperrealism. It will start with the great American artists of the first generation such as Richard Estes, John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close and Robert Cottingham, then move on to Hyperrealism in Europe and to artists of subsequent generations. Many of the works on display will be loaned from the collection of Louis K. Meisel, whose gallery has become the focal point of the movement. Meisel promoted Hyperrealism from its outset both within and outside the USA, supporting and discovering new artists. His gallery continues to be the key reference point for this trend today.