Reality check

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Is Chester Arnold’s “The Legacy of Henry John King” a realistic painting? What, indeed, is a “”realistic” picture?

Arnold and a selection of other California painters explore the boundaries of the genre in the exhibition “Realism, really?” opening August 9 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. “I am tremendously excited to bring together this group of contemporary California painters,” says guest curator Jennifer Bethke, lecturer in Art History at Sonoma State University. “They all demonstrate a strong commitment to craft. But when it comes to questions of how paintings should reflect the world, they each tackle things very differently. It’s fascinating for me to see such different approaches to realism, hanging right next to each other.”

The exhibition, running through October 26, includes works by Guy Diehl, F. Scott Hess, Marina Moevs, Douglas Fenn Wilson, and Jeong Im Yi. The museum is located at 551 Broadway. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Children K–12 are admitted free, as are SVMA members. 939.7862.

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