1970s Photorealism At NCMA


ncamThe new exhibit, “Still Life: 1970s Photorealism,” which runs at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn through Nov. 9, got off to a festive start last week with an opening reception.

Showcasing works from the Yale University Art Gallery, the exhibit takes viewers back to the turbulent 1970s, with pieces by such artists as Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit and Idelle Weber.

Area residents at the Friday, July 18, event were enthusiastic about the show.

“We have not seen an exhibit at this museum that we didn’t like, ”said Gary and Jemi Goldstein of Great Neck. “This one is spectacular.”

“I am very happy to have a museum locally of such high quality,” said Julie Butler of Manhasset, attending with daughter Allison.

Rebecca Scaja of Old Westbury said she was surprised how much she liked this exhibit.

“I was first shocked by the realism, and then drawn in feeling comfortable,” she said.

Her husband, Morty, called it “striking.”

“The depth of field captured in the paintings and sculpture is very lifelike,” he said.

Jericho residents Lisa Genna and friend Eric Knudsen were similarly impressed.

“Beautiful, love it!” Genna said. “The sculptures are thrilling.”

Also through Nov. 9, “Tiffany’s Orient” is in the Second Floor Galleries. This exhibit is part of the large number of works brought into in the Museum’s permanent collection several years ago.

Friedrich Kunath’s works fill the Contemporary Collectors Gallery. In his works, the German-born Kunath uses an array of mediums, including painting, sculpture and video. ArtForum called Kunath’s work “…visually seductive, mysterious yet insightful, and often very droll.” This exhibit, too, runs through Nov. 9.