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Richard Estes Hardcover – May 9, 2006
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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!Read more ›
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My son loves this artist. I couldn't find an inexpensive poster or print of this work, so this book was the best I could do. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Sandra Lindberg
I have always liked Richard Estes' paintings, and this book really showcases them with lots of large, color pictures. Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by booksy