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These Photos Are Actually Paintings

“People don’t buy Basquiat’s work because they like what it looks like,” Meisel says. “It’s all a big distortion.” What Meisel does like is a genre of painters called the Photorealists. They’re painters who take photos and then create realistic copies of the photos on canvas. For decades he’s been collecting, selling and promoting the Photorealists and he’s also produced four different books that document this art movement.The final segment of the series, Photorealism in the Digital Age, was released this year. For Meisel, the Photorealists’ value lies in their technical proficiency and quality. Using various techniques, this relatively small group of artists have figured out how to make paint into their own version of emulsion.

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