This is the last weekend for an exhibit that includes some trippy art like the above "War of the Worlds" painting by José Segrelles, alongside some glorious paintings by Frank Frazetta, H.R. Giger, Boris Vallejo and more. "At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic" is ending on Sunday, at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
Here's the official description, along with Frazetta's "Eerie #8 (The Brain)" and David Palumbo's great painting "Terrible Weakness:"
"All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?" —Carl Jung
The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to showcase an exhibition that introduces contemporary fantastic art to the museum setting. At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic is not only the most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date, it is also the first time that this discipline has been presented on such a large scale. The exhibition is organized by guest curators Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, founders of the Association of Fantastic Art (AFA).
Fantastic art, also known as imaginative realism, distinguishes itself from other art forms by portraying ancient myths and legends, modern day fantasies in the form of divine interventions, the imagination, the dream state, the grotesque, visions, and the "uncanny" as common everyday elements. While the widespread prevalence of imaginative realism is relatively recent in popular culture, this genre is a staple in art history, beginning with the rise of romanticism in the second half of the eighteenth century as artists began to present imaginative imagery for narrative and emotional impact, rather than allegorical or historical meaning. At the Edge is the first exhibition to place this genre in its correct art-historical context as an evolution of the great realist painters of the past.
At the Edge: Art of the Fantasticshowcases includes more than 160 original works of art ranging from 1797 to the present day. Nearly one-quarter of the exhibition predates 1940, with a heavy focus on the golden age of illustration (1880–1930), including such luminaries as N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, José Segrelles, J. C. Leyendecker, Alphonse Mucha, and Frank E. Schoonover. Key nineteenth-century schools are represented by works from Gustave Doré, Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, Gabriel Ferrier, Edmund Blair Leighton, and William Blake.
Contemporary artists featured in the exhibition run the gamut from famed Swiss surrealist and concept designer H. R. Giger to New York Times bestsellers James Gurney and Tony DiTerlizzi. Frank Frazetta, one of the most important twentieth-century figures in the field, is represented by five works. In all, nearly ninety contemporary artists are represented in the exhibition, including Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Donato Giancola, Paul Lehr, John Schoenherr, Frank Kelly Freas, Boris Vallejo, Michael Whelan, Michael Parkes, Daniel Merriam, Brian Froud, John Howe, David Palumbo, and John Jude Palencar.
Thanks for the heads up, Fran!