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Richard Estes Hardcover – May 9, 2006


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John Wilmerding is the Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University and visiting Curator in the Department of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847828077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847828074
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.1 x 12.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ART-LOVER on March 8, 2007
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Richard Estes' photorealist paintings deserve a better book than this and thankfully they are out there. This publication is poorly and obviously cheaply reproduced with out of focus images, grossly inaccurate color, and even one image where the negative is "flipped" so the painting is printed backwards. That is simply shoddy proofing of the manuscript before final printing. Estes is a wonderful artist and his vision suffers with this documentation of his work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on April 17, 2011
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I bought this rather sumptuous book to update my 1986 Louis Meisel title on Estes and despite some editorial weaknesses I think it's a worthwhile overview of the artist's work.

First off I think John Wilmerding is to be congratulated on his very lucid and fascinating text on Estes. Full of observations and nicely, lots of references to other artists and styles that encourage me to further research. From experience this sort of monograph can easily land the reader with a writer full of elitist clichés and bad writing, fortunately not the case here. Wilmerding reveals Estes different styles over the years and I liked the frequent references to how he goes about creating his work, from the initial photography, preparing the canvas and application of paint.

My clear favorites of Estes work are the NYC street scenes. Full of detail that pulls the eye into the work and more so when he extended the idea to use reflections in windows to produce clever and visually challenging paintings. Several in the book are bleed size. Estes window style probably inspired the leading British Photorealist Clive Head to produce some wonderful paintings: Clive Head. Estes ship and mountain landscape work doesn't have quite the same appeal for me as his city street scenes. Incidentally one of these, the 1995 painting `Fairway' has two spelling mistakes on a poster hanging in a supermarket window. Presentation and receipt are spelt prensentaion and reciept. With significant amounts of typography in his paintings maybe Estes should employ a proof reader!
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This is the most perfect example of photorealistic painting I personally have ever seen. Estes is a genius and this coffee table book shows this to impressive effect. Sometimes you have to stare for minutes before you come across some small detail that proves to your doubting right brain that what you're seeing was in fact created on a canvas, by an artist. An extremely impressive body of work. Great book.
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