press release

Jason McCoy, Inc. is pleased to present Options within Realism, featuring a variety of contemporary artists and modern masters.

The exhibition explores various directions within Realism in different media. Ranging from traditional portraiture to radical depictions of the nude; from abstracted landscapes to the creation of atmospheres; and from works impacted by illustration and digital technology, Options within Realism aims to deconstruct the limitations often associated with this term.

In fact, Realism can by no means be viewed as a contained category, yet it is easily and widely applied as such. It is a generalized expression, a label often misunderstood as being strictly bound to “reality” or as being determined to evoke a mere realistic likeness. While in the aftermath of Pop Art, Realism had fallen out of vogue, in recent years - partially due to the success of the Leipzig School - it has been re-embraced as the new radical. Regardless of momentary fashions, the Realist vocabulary has never vanished from many artists’ oeuvres and continues to be a favored form of expression. Our salon style installation celebrates the colorful facets one can find in Realism. It searches for options and unpredictable nuances, which apply a fresh and innovative outlook to this vocabulary.

Artists include: Alexander Archipenko, Waldo Bien, Constantin Brancusi, Kevin Brine, Stephanie Buhmann, Robert Cannon, Lorenzo Cardi, Claudia Carr, Yun Gee, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Bernard Childs, Liz di Giorgio, Stephen Greene, Virgil Grotfeldt, Karen Gunderson, Hans Hofmann, Eric Holzman, Rachel Hovnanian, Zhang Huan, Frederick Kiesler, Li-lan, Bo Joseph, Lin Ju, Scott Kelley, Kevin King, Kevin Larmon, Sally Larsen, Sally Mann, Martin Kline, Jacobus Kloppenburg, Ruth Marten, Walter Matia, Dodo Jin Ming, Wangechi Mutu, Martin Mullin, Masayuki Nagare, Yoshitomo Nara, Victoria Neel, Joan Nelson, Minoru Niizuma, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Ohnigian, Freya Payne, Jackson Pollock, Blaise Reutersward, Adria Sartore, Peter Schlesinger, George Segal, Michael Sell, Joan Semmel, Erica Shires, Paul Shore, Leon Polk Smith, Brent Steen, Annelies Strba, Frank Vaders, Genevieve Williams, Nicholas Zann, and others.