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The Real Deal

| April 9, 2013 | Parties National

THE PARTY MCASD patrons ushered in the newest exhibit, Lifelike, featuring a playful array of artwork that tests scale and authenticity. THE SCENE S.D.’s art elite came out for the night including Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Victoria Hamilton, Lew Klein, Vicki Reed, Matt and Iris Strauss; curator Siri Engberg of the Walker Art Center, where the exhibit debuted; art critic Robert Pincus; artists Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnell and John Millei THE HIGHLIGHTS Lifelike showcases works from the late 1960s to the present by 55 artists, including Vija Celmins, Fischli and Weiss, Edward Kienholz and Chuck Close. “What makes Lifelike so enjoyable is what I would call a wonderland effect,” said Pincus when we tapped him for a critique. “Scale is delightfully off: The tiny elevator works; a milk carton more than 8 feet high looks like the everyday cardboard container, though it’s made from painted bronze. Many of the artists take realism to a marvelously surreal extreme.” In other words: Run, don’t walk. Photography by Tim Hardy, shotbyhardy.com



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