When it comes to art, part of me has never fully grokked the photorealists. I mean, in an age before photography, sure, but these days if you want photorealism wouldn’t you prefer, you know, photos?
Then there’s the other part of me, the part that’s always cognizant of Keats:
‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,â€”that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’
The truth is that what some of these artists are capable of is nothing short of remarkable. Their technique is necessarily flawless and the best of them can infuse a subject, by design, with a greater degree of character, gravity, even intent than a photographer, who is more or less constrained by what’s in front of the camera. Read more