Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint painstakingly render a close-up of the subject with uncanny, photo-like accuracy. Now, St. Paul- based twin brothers Bly and Rowan Pope have their first museum show at MIA, featuring photorealistic works done in graphite that took thousands of hours to complete. Bly focuses on portraiture and nature, sketching ordinary people and overlooked sights, while Rowan draws narrative scenes depicting humanity in near-obsessive detail.
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