Stanek Gallery Welcomes Back International Art Movement Disrupted Realism

In collaboration with author and curator John Seed, Stanek Gallery presents "Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World"

John Wentz, “Imprint #78”, 2015. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (PHILADELPHIA, PA) September 25, 2019 –  Stanek Gallery, a nationally-recognized, Old City-based pioneer in the gallery community, announced today the opening of upcoming autumn exhibition titled “Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World”. Following Stanek Gallery’s groundbreaking exhibition “Disrupted Realism” in 2018, and in collaboration with author and curator John Seed, this important exhibition features works from over 30 artists based across the United States and internationally. “Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World” will open to the public on First Friday, November 1st, 2019.


In January of 2018, Stanek Gallery presented “Disrupted Realism,” an exhibition of 16 artists whose work beget the emergence of a new movement in contemporary painting. With that exhibition catching the eye of local publisher Schiffer Publishing, John Seed has since written “Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World.” The book, which publishes at the end of this month, contains artists and artworks from 6 different countries and over a dozen states coast to coast. Now, Stanek Gallery’s upcoming exhibition by the same name brings together those highly accomplished artists, all of who possess a far-reaching influence. Arguably one of the most extensive international exhibitions this area has seen outside of a museum setting, this exhibition celebrates an important artistic movement—Disrupted Realism—and its relevancy to the contemporary human experience.


“This is no ordinary group exhibition,” adds Gallery Owner and Director Katherine Stanek. “The fact that nearly every artist in the book is participating in this exhibition speaks volumes about the stature and influence they have in the artistic community. Each one possesses such remarkable skill that their paintings reflect an energy and life that is palpable and can only be experienced in person.”

Featured in this exhibition are the works of Stanek Gallery artists Valerio D’Ospina and Stanka Kordic, along with other Philadelphia-based artists Alex Kanevsky and Santiago Galeas, highlighting the importance of Philadelphia art institutions on an international scale. In addition to these indomitable artists, “Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World” will include:

Mia Bergeron
Ryan Bradley
Zoey Frank
Anne Harris
Maria Kreyn
Meredith Marsone
Wyatt Mills
Kirtsine Reiner Hansen
Kai Samuels-Davis
Wendelin Wohlgemuth

Daniel Bilodeau
Colin Chillag
Ann Gale
Karen Kaapcke
Aiden Kringen
Alex Merritt
Alyssa Monks
Lou Ros
Dorian Vallejo
Zack Zdrale

James Bland
Paul Cristina
Catherine Kehoe
J Louis
Joshua Meyer
Gage Opdenbrouw
Nick Runge
John Wentz

“The experiences of contemporary artists are diffuse and diverse. They encompass, and reframe, every kind of experience,” writes John Seed. “What I have come to realize is that the diverse forms of disrupted realism have to do with everything in each artist’s life: the real, the remembered, the digital, the imagined, and the dreamed, all filtered through the artist’s perceptions.”

“Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World” debuts with an Opening Reception on First Friday, November 1st, 2019 in Old City, Philadelphia. A formal Book Signing with author and curator John Seen will accompany the Opening Reception. The exhibition continues through December 28th, 2019.


“Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World”

Public Opening Reception, First Friday, November 1st, 6:00-9:00PM

Book Signing with John Seed, First Friday, November 1st, 6:00-7:00PM

Exhibition continues through December 28th, 2019

Stanek Gallery
242 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106


About Stanek Gallery
Stanek Gallery is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City District. With a signature museum style exhibition program and collaborations with professional curators, Stanek Gallery has become a pre-eminent force in Philadelphia’s art landscape. Dedicated to creating an engaging forum where art can be seen, shared and discussed, Stanek Gallery displays a unique collection of representational and abstract, figurative and conceptual work of exceptional craftsmanship in a wide range of styles, techniques and subject matter.

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