New YorkRichard Estes: Voyages
Menconi + Schoelkopf, a leading gallery in the field of American art, presents Voyages, an exhibition of works by Richard Estes which represent his travels, as well as his vision of New York City. The show is Menconi + Schoelkopf’s first exhibition of Estes’s work.
Oil on panel
11 x 22 inches 27.9 x 55.9 cm
Signed and inscribed at lower left: RICHARD ESTES - NEW ZEALAND; inscribed on verso: hidden lake near / Mount Cook / New Zealand
Oil on panel
12 7/8 x 18 7/8 inches 32.7 x 47.9 cm
Signed and dated at lower left: RICHARD ESTES 2011
Oil on panel
13 1/2 x 20 1/8 inches 34.3 x 51.1 cm
Signed, inscribed, and dated at lower right: RICHARD ESTES / PROVENCETOWN [sic] / 06
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Voyages delves deeply into Estes’s canon, offering a riveting and intimate look at some of Estes’s most impassioned work with pieces created from his own world travels, some even capturing him in transit itself. During a period when we share an unsatisfied longing for travel, the photorealism of these paintings captures small, personal moments of the artist’s adventures – touching down at an airport in Germany, approaching Antarctica by sea, stepping aboard the L train, and memorizing the landscapes of Hiroshima, Barcelona, the Pont Neuf and Central Park.
“Menconi + Schoelkopf is pleased to welcome Richard Estes to our gallery program. As the greatest photorealist painter of our time, it is a privilege to present his work,” said Andy Schoelkopf, Owner of Menconi + Schoelkopf. “Through these 20 paintings, Voyages tells the story of both his personal adventures and exceptional work with special resonance. The gallery focuses on the important work of the most relevant and lasting painters and so presenting Richard’s work is both an honor and a natural
fit for us as the canon evolves so rapidly in these times.”
“Working with Menconi + Schoelkopf to put together Voyages has been a joy and an opportunity to share moments in time and place,” said Richard Estes. “This exhibition is the first of what I know will be a rewarding partnership with the gallery and I am grateful to Andy and his team for their collaborative and rigorous approach.”
Richard Estes is the standard-bearer of photorealist painting and its most devoted and accomplished practitioner. His work is defined by a profound commitment to the fidelity and quotidian truths of his depictions. Of equal importance is his unique creative process in which repeated observations coalesce into an image in his mind. The painting of that image represents a vision within his subjective reality. Over the last half-century, the rare integrity of his process has unveiled a true understanding of the world around us, even as our cities, our landscapes and our rituals change – slowly and steadily, then all at once. As the pendulum swings back from abstraction and realism recaptures the imagination, Richard Estes is secured as one of the leading painters of the 20th century. His body of work includes his interpretations of timeless, pristine images of New York City as well as his many adventures in travel, some of which will be presented by Menconi + Schoelkopf in the June 2021 exhibition Voyages.
Richard Estes (b. 1932), Brooklyn Diner, 2021. Signed and dated at lower right: Richard Estes 2021. Oil on canvas 37 x 55 1/4 inches 94 x 140.3 cm