Tacoma Art Museum

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True Art:

Tacoma Art Museum Northwest Biennial Explores Realism


The Tacoma Art Museum's 1997 Northwest Biennial competition looks at realism. In appearance as well as in content, realism has long been a subject for artists. The resurgence of representational art in the past few years demonstrates a renewed interest in realist vision. By building a strong illusion of the physical world and constructing a convincing perspectival space, realism has encouraged many viewers to believe that they are looking at True Art.

Juror Donald Roller Wilson of Arkansas selected 64 works by 54 artists, selecting from 1,011 entries from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Four $1000 awards and six honorable mentions will be announced at the Members Preview on July 11, 1997. The exhibition is predominantly paintings but also contains a strong representation of sculpture, drawing, and photography.

Past themes of the Tacoma Art Museum biennial competition have focused on Collaborations (1991), Portraits (1993), and The Land (1995). True Art is organized by Greg Bell, Assistant Curator and Exhibition Designer at the Tacoma Art Museum. Bell will be giving a Curator's Tour of the True Art exhibition at Noon on Friday, July 25.


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This page was originally published in 1997 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information.

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