Review: Robischon and Walker Get Real With Artists Who Focus on Realism

Christian Rex Van Minnen, Voc Jellyfish Fry

Realism and its derivations are still hot properties in the fine arts, especially in contemporary painting, and this is a good time to immerse yourself in works of this type. Robischon Gallery is highlighting four artists, in separate shows, who are all doing work that riffs on realism. And that’s also what’s going on with the solo installed in the main space at Walker Fine Art.

Up front at Robischon is Christian Rex van Minnen: Golden Memes, featuring a group of recent paintings by this former Coloradan, who now lives in Brooklyn. The work is extremely unusual, with van Minnen depicting preposterous and unsettling scenes and figures that could never exist in reality; despite this, they’ve been rendered delicately and with a high level of realistic detailing. As a result, van Minnen makes the unreal seem real.

A case in point

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