from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artistic style characterized by highly realistic graphic representation.

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  • n. A style in art that attempts to reproduce highly realistic graphic representations
  • n. A compositional style defined by Noah Creshevsky as "an electroacoustic musical language constructed from sounds that are found in our shared environment (realism), handled in ways that are somehow exaggerated or excessive (hyper)."


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  • Rittenmeyer, who calls himself a visual artist working in hyperrealism says, The female body is more beautiful than the male's.

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  • Gene Siskel concurred, clearly challenged by the "hyperrealism" of its internecine 20-something Hollywood warfare and


  • Through all this Aronofsky employs the kind of hyperrealism that was used so effectively in 'Requiem for a Dream'.

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  • " Runge ' s portraits of children can now look uncannily like the official antimodern style of painting promoted by the Nazis, however, cautions Mr. Howoldt, Runge ' s " hyperrealism, " which gives his portraits their characteristic power, were also admired by socially critical left-wing artist Otto Dix.

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  • At first, the camera follows Randy “The Ram” (Mickey Rourke) around on his errands — shooting up juice, bleaching his hair, the tanning salon — in a sort of behind-the-scenes hyperrealism that bordered on the dull.

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  • Fantasy fans often note that the divide between popular and literary fiction was established relatively recently by the modernists, who favored hyperrealism over plot and narrative.

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  • "I try to unite these two subjects to create that world, which is part reality/history/mysticism and part fantasy/hyperrealism," the artist notes.

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  • Certainly some enterprising and innovative creator could take hyperrealism into an entirely new direction in virtual worlds, couldn't they?

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  • Matisse's teacher at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts was Gustave Moreau, whose gleaming hyperrealism hinted at the mystery lurking beneath the surfaces of figures and objects.

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  • In September the Museum of Modern Art will open, housed in a purpose-built black cube and featuring American pop art and hyperrealism.

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