Chapter 6 of my research book about the morality and politics of our time as seen through the subjects of representational art is now available.

What might it mean when artists break up surface reality?

Fragments and Instability

The postmodernists speak of deconstructing surface reality, arguing that representations no longer represent anything–that they are a self-generating realm of images, an endless surface with no underlying reality. I am more than likely twisting their terminology to describe the work of painters such as Jenny Saville, Ann Gale, Alex Kanevsky and France Jodoin.

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