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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

American Scene Painting or American Social Realism

Just a few thoughts upon reading the article here: http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/americanscene/ "An antimodernist style and reaction against the modern European style, American Scene Painting was seen as an attempt to define a uniquely American style of art. The term does not signify an organized movement, but rather an aspect of a broad tendency for American artists to move away from abstraction and the avant-garde in the period between the two world wars." In my experience there has always been a preference for realism with the blue collar class. Perhaps because with realism, the viewer has something to compare it against… reality. The belief that if the drawing looks like the real thing, it's "right". In the Blue collar world view you either get it "right" or you fail. Much like following orders of some authority. The Blue collar/lower class has been educated mostly by rote memorization. Creativity, and abstract think is not rewarded. … or maybe i'm stereotyping…. nevermind. "These artists insisted that the real solution to the many and growing problems of urban American life, made clear by the Great Depression, was for the United States to return to its agrarian roots." Today we find history repeating itself. The recent economic meltdown thanks to Bank deregulation, Factory Farming scandals and the looming threat of global warming we see a serious trend toward "sustainability" and "green technology". A trend back to small local organic farming. After the economic crash, we go back to the basics.

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