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Nassau County Museum of Art celebrates '70s photorealism

Viva Las Vegas in John Baeder's work

Viva Las Vegas in John Baeder's work "Stardust Motel," a 1977 photo-realist oil on canvas that evokes the spirit of Sin City. Photo Credit: Yale University Art Gallery

After the turbulence of the 1960s, the 1970s ushered in a calmer time. The art world reflected those changes as the psychedelic, dreamlike images of the '60s were supplanted by more realistic representations of people, places and landscapes.

The movement -- known as PhotoRealism -- saw painters and sculptors create artwork that strove for accurate depictions of the world, with artistic splashes of creativity.

The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor has collected some of these paintings and sculptures for its new exhibit, "Still Life: 1970s Photorealism." The exhibit, which opens Saturday, runs until November.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and older. For more information, call 516-484-9337 or visit


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