Response to “Reality Hunger: A Manifesto”


CC Flickr Art Studio Sergey Konstantinov

In this essay the author makes an argument for real artwork. He doesn’t call any type of art fake, but when he says real he means in the sense of being based off of reality rather than fiction. He mentions how almost every artist’s goal is to achieve reality within their artwork:

  • Braque’s goal: “To get as close as I could to reality”
  • Zola: “Every artist is more or less a realist according to his eyes”
  • Whitman: “The true poem is the daily paper”

Throughout the essay, Shields, backs his argument with quotes and beliefs from other artists. This adds credibility to his argument. It made me agree with him; it seemed like he knew what he was talking about.


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