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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