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Hyperrealist Art Today

John Russell Taylor, Maggie Bollaert

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A large-format survey of ‘hyperrealist’ art, one of the most intriguing and fast-moving genres in art today


Realism and thus Exactitude has played an important role in art history ever since the discovery of perspective. Here, John Russell Taylor charts the artists' endeavour to re-create the smallest detail, dating back to centuries before photography to the present day.

This book brims with works by contemporary artists working in a figurative, hyperrealist style called 'Exactitude'. Such works show wide diversity – including still lifes, extreme close-ups, large-scale cityscapes, landscapes and commercial packaging.

Among the artists included are Pedro Campos, Clive Head, Ben Johnson, David Ligare, Cynthia Poole, John Salt, Cesar Santander, Ben Schonzeit and Tjalf Sparnaay, who come from all around the world, but are united here by their meticulous approach to their work, whether depicting, among many different subjects, American diners, book spines, portraits or car engines.

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'Very timely … will offer an invaluable glimpse of a much more diverse art world than is likely to be represented by mainstream art collections'
The Art Book

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

'Excellent … an absorbing read, packed with incredible works of art … a wonderful overview of this growing branch of the arts and a major release by Thames & Hudson'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 32.8 x 26.5 cm

Extent: 360 pp

Illustrations: 550

Publication date: 27 April 2009

ISBN: 9780500238639

About the Author

John Russell Taylor is a distinguished English critic and author. He is the author of critical studies of British theatre; of critical biographies of such important figures in Anglo-American film as Alfred Hitchcock,Alec Guinness, Orson Welles,Vivien Leigh and Ingrid Bergman; of Strangers in Paradise:The Hollywood Emigres 1933-1950; and many books on art.

Maggie Bollaert was one of the founders of Plus One Gallery.

List of Contributors

Clive Head