Monday, February 14, 2011

Hyper-Historicism

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At the Old Mint over the weekend i came across F. Alan Zimmerman's historical and maritime paintings. He was there as a part of the debut exhibition, a sort of mini-museum presented as a teaser for later expansions into the rest of this grand building. I call what he does Hyper-Historicism, because it depicts historically-accurate scenes that are not recreations but rather studied re-imaginings of sights never seen by modern eyes. The thoroughly researched 1850s are brought to a new kind of life by not only his mind's eye but also by his masters hand and brush.
F. Alan Zimmerman's San Francisco Harbor 1851

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