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Alum Dana Levin (BFA 1991) works of Eye Reality exhibition in Mass. praised on VandM blog by Tara M.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eve Sanford
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Followers of Classical Realism will want to take a short trip during June or July to catch Dana Levin’s exhibition "Eyes on Reality – Still Life, Figure and Landscape” at Wishariahurst Museum in Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts. A member of the Contemporary Realism School, Levin, an award winning, critically acclaimed painter has developed a singular vocabulary by combining characteristics of both Baroque painting and Classical Realism, qualities that set her work apart from the formality of the genre.

Representational art’s tradition focuses on the more "real” the painting the better the painting, was one impetus for Levin to take an opposing position. Establishing her role as one to reinterpret, to repackage, to present an alternative reality allows the viewer to see nature through the lens of the artist and heightens their experience by adding another dimension.

Classical Realism came on the scene in the early 1980s promulgating an aesthetic reflective of 19th century neoclassical and traditions of Western art including realism and impressionism. Its preference for order, beauty and harmony with an emphasis on craftsmanship is an attempt to revive techniques used prior the advent of Modern Art.

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