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Master of Illusion:  The Magical Art of Gary Erbe Through August 28

Gary Erbe, The Big Splash, 2001. Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cusenza. © Gary Erbe

Gary Erbe, The Big Splash, 2001. Courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cusenza. © Gary Erbe

Now through August 28, 2016 is Master of Illusion: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe at Huntington’s Heckscher Museum of Art. The exhibition traces the artist’s career from his early trompe l’oeil works to his more recent paintings that combine trompe l’oeil realism with modernist tendencies.   Inspired by popular culture, Erbe’s subjects range from nostalgic images of childhood pursuits and national pastimes, to American jazz and the golden age of 1950s radio, television, and film, to American history, nationalism, and contemporary social issues.  Painted from carefully crafted constructions of objects belonging to our shared American experience, Erbe’s work is at once aesthetically complex and profoundly engaging.

Master of Illusion is generously sponsored in part by Astoria Bank, Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein, Pien and Hans Bosch, and Fern and Hersh Cohen.

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