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Rackstraw Downes Exhibition and Talk

060111EyeOnArts_RackstrawThe Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the exhibition “Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008.” This is the first major survey exhibition of paintings by the British-born, Yale-educated painter Rackstraw Downes, who divides his time between New York and Texas and has been painting exterior and interior panoramic scenes of the American land- and urbanscape for over thirty-five years.

The exhibition, which continues through August 21, consists of approximately 32 works, many of them multiple-part paintings, created between 1972 and 2008. At first glance, Downes’s work appears to be photo-realistic. However, Downes never uses photographs, but instead relies on sketches and preparatory works to determine the vantage point and content of each composition. His panoramic paintings strike a unique balance between realism and abstraction, timelessness and history. He paints exclusively from direct observation over a period of several weeks to several months, outdoors or indoors, but always onsite, using a portable easel.

Artist Talk: Downes will speak about his work Thursday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

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Visual: “110th and Broadway, Whelan’s from Sloan’s” by Rackstraw Downes