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Exactitude: Hyperrealist Art Today [Hardcover]

John Russell Taylor , Maggie Bollaert
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27 April 2009
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Plus One Gallery in London, this astonishing book presents a selection of contemporary artists working in a figurative, hyperrealist style. It includes work ranging from still lifes and extreme closeups to large scale cityscapes and landscape painting, and features an enormous range of artists from around the world, all of whom work in a meticulous fashion and for whom the brushstroke is subservient to the image itself. This breathtaking, large format volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in art in the 21st century.

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (27 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500238634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500238639
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 0.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Paintings that make you do a double-take ... impressive'
-- Artists & Illustrators

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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like Art 17 May 2011
If you don't have the three Photorealism books by Louis Meisel 'Exactitude' will sort of bring you up to date. Meisel's last book came out in 2002 and it firmly related art of the title: Photorealism at the Millenium. Since then, though, the genre has moved on and to judge by the subject matter of the artists in these pages Photorealism doesn't really capture the feel so Clive Head used the term Exactiude. The precision and clarity is still evident but one of the main ingredients of Photorealism was capturing American commonplace, many artists in these pages have moved completely away from this.

The twenty-seven painters in the book (with ten from north America and ten from Britain) are arranged alphabetically kicking off with John Beader. One of the first generation Photorealists, although Meisel, in his first book, included him in the 'Artists related to Photorealism' section. Here he is, still creating wonderful diner paintings full of sparkle and wit. To show how things have moved on the next artist is Paul Beliveau. So completely different from Baeder in subject matter: close-ups of book spines.

Beliveau like other artists in the book: Pedro Campos; Cynthia Poole; Cesar Santander have chosen to include plenty of print typography in their work, which, to my mind, is probably the hardest type of painting to achieve perfection, especially when painted on canvas. Duplicate letters have to look exactly the same, something Santander with his close-ups of tin boxes seems to achieve with ease. Wonderful to look at but I thought they seemed to more technical exercises than creative.

The subject matter chosen by the book's painters is, mostly, either exteriors or still life close-ups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning publication 30 May 2011
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For anyone interested in 21st century hyperrealism this is an absolute must. A large format book laden with images of some of the works of nearly 30 prominent exponents working in the field today (plus brief artist profiles). As an artist I have found the book to be utterly inspiring - it has certainly made me want to go and see the works up close to see exactly how the paint was applied. Worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! 28 July 2011
A wonderful book. it's indispensable for lovers of realistic painting today. It has small biographies of the painters and a lot of pictures. Great!
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