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© Courtesy of New Orleans Museum of Art
LIFELIKE

1 Collins Diboll Circle
City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124
November 11th, 2012 - February 3rd, 2013
Opening: November 11th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.noma.org
COUNTRY:  
United States
PHONE:  
504-658-4100
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-9; Sat-Sun 11-5
TAGS:  
photography, video-art, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Organized by the Walker Art Center, Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This international group exhibition features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured. Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practice rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works—including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.