Chapter 4 of my research book about the morality and politics of our time as seen through the subjects of representational art is now available.
What makes representational art matter? Technique or content?
What We Are Painting
I have examined the content of 21st -century representational art to ask what the choice of subjects tells us about what artists think is important. I am disregarding questions of technique or style to look at the possibility of creating meaning in our fractured age. While the increasing popularity of fantasy and imagined worlds as subjects for representational art suggests they offer meaning to many, I have never saved any such image for future consideration, so these subjects are not discussed.