Marion Boddy-Evans of the painting blog on about.com has posted a few links to some friendly debate about the truth of classical realism and the evils of contemporary art. She made a post last year about the Art Renewal Center that created some colorful discussion on her comments page.
I wish I liked to debate things more than I do, but conflict just bores me. I’m not sure if it’s because everything I think is right (and I couldn’t be bothered listening to the wrong opinions of others) or because I don’t like to have my opinions proven wrong!
Seriously though, who really cares if classical realism is the truth or if contemporary art is taking us all to hell?! I can appreciate both forms of art, but I get more out expressive painting than I do any other type of art. Yet I have no plans to make the world see the evils of any art that is not expressive.
To read more about it all, see the Art Renewal Center philosophy by Fred Ross over at the Art Renewal Center, there’s an open letter to the Art Renewal Center by John Nutt over here, and if you are really keen to delve into the whole realism/contemporary debate, see Greg Scheckler’s in depth piece (pdf file) called “Questioning Classical Realism: a Critique of Ross’s “The Great 20th Century Art Scam” as Related to the Art Renewal Center”.
I feel like hugging a realist painter after all that!