Picture This: Photorealism 1966-1985

Photorealism ,Waddington Custot

Waddington Custot presents the second part of the first London retrospective of Photorealist paintings in 50 years. It is only the third major UK survey of the movement, after Photo-Realism: Paintings, sculpture and prints from the Ludwig collection and others at The Serpentine in 1973 and Photorealism: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2013.

The exhibited paintings are from one of the largest and most important private collections of Photorealist art in the world, shown comprehensively in a public setting for the first time. Gathered over a period of 15 years, the collection comprises around 70 artworks – oil paintings, watercolours and drawings – that span the development of Photorealism, from the mid-1960s to the late-1980s.

The collection features works by the movement’s most important protagonists:  John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Davis Cone, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Ron Kleemann, Richard McLean, David Parrish, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit.

Coined by Louis K. Meisel in 1969, ‘Photorealism’ describes work by a loose group of artists hailing from the East and West coasts of the United States who based their paintings on photography. They embrace the photograph as a subject and incorporate the detached vision of the camera into their work.

Duration 24 May 2023 - 24 June 2023
Times Monday to Friday 10:00–18:00 Saturday 11:00–18:00
Cost Free
Venue Waddington Custot Galleries
Address 11 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LT
Contact / mail@waddingtoncustot.com / www.waddingtoncustot.com