The word "hyperrealism" is used in the art world to denote the activity of
a group of artists who made paintings that "look just like photographs". This
all happened in the late sixties, early seventies. And one can imagine the
reaction of the populace and especially art critics, who were just
used to the fact the works of Jackson Pollock could be called "masterpieces".
Here is a good example of a "hyperrealist" painting. The real one is on
display at the newly opened Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. In fact I
urge anyone to see the real painting. The photographic reproduction below
gives the false impression that the painting merely copies the photographic
medium. In fact the painting exagerates the photographic medium. This is
what makes this art so interesting and appealing.
This is a scanned in version of a photograph of a painting that looks like a
The word "hyppereal" is also used by contemporary thinkers such as Umberto Eco
and Jean Baudrillard to describe Southern California. Of course Los Angeles
can be a bit of a shock when you are used to living in an old european city
such as Bologna or Paris.