Saturday, July 9, 2011

Review: Realism in 20th Century Painting (World of Art)

Realism in 20th Century Painting (World of Art)Realism in 20th Century Painting by Brendan Prendeville
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad book.  I think that it follows conventional critical practice by deconstructing "realism", but somewhat tends to put Humpty Dumpty back together again for you. This is a small survey book, the reproductions are itty bitty, but that seems to work all right. It does make the salient point that there are "realisms", and that realism brings with it certain concerns that have implications for all kinds of painting, not just strictly representational work.

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