Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are star­tlingly realistic, often play­ful, and sometimes surreal. Considering a continued inter­est in meticulously crafted realism in contemporary art from the 1960s to the pres­ent, this international group exhibition features artists variously employing scale, the psychological potential of the uncanny, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “au­thenticity” is manufactured.

The several generations of art­ists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quo­tidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter and favor­ing a handmade, labor-intensive practice.
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