Monday, November 15, 2010
American Social Realism: Isabel Bishop (1902-1988). From top, Still Life with Oranges, 1928 / School Girls, 1974 / Bishop printing
Socialist Realism: Otakar Švec’s Stalin sculpture in Prague, 1951
Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1990-1995
Colter Jacobsen, Bridal Veils Falls, 2007
Invested in representing reality, Realism in art manifested in part as a socially and politically movement. Social realism endowed painting and sculpting with the mission of representing (underrepresented) social reality.
The persistent interest in investigating and representing what is "real" has motivated artists to investigate visual perception, the passage of time and its effect on spaces and objects, and the material reality of artistic production. Do you think that Realism can be meaningful in terms of art today? Does realism have to involve pictorial representation?
Reading for next week: excerpts of Van Gogh's letters from Theories of Modern Art (ed. Herschel Chipp)