b. Fall River, Massachusetts, 1929, d. Southampton, New York, 2009
Howard Kanovitz (b. 1929, Fall River, MA, d. 2009, New York, NY) was a pioneer of Photo Realism who pushed the boundaries between illusion and reality. While his works often seem to be accurate representations of his world, Kanovitz always manipulated his subject matter, creating tableaus which interrogate the very way we see and perceive, often with wit and humor. For his unique vision as well as masterful painting technique, Kanovitz was heralded as a leader of his movement among Larry Rivers, Malcom Morely, and Chuck Close. Howard Kanovitz has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including his major 1966 show at the Jewish Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of The Tate Britain, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art among other prestigious public and private collections.