Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World

John Seed, Foreword by Katherine Stanek

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Disrupted Realism is the first book to survey the works of contemporary painters who are challenging and reshaping the tradition of Realism. Helping art lovers, collectors, and artists approach and understand this compelling new phenomenon, it includes the works of 38 artists whose paintings respond to the subjectivity and disruptions of modern experience. Widely published author and blogger John Seed, who believes that we are “the most distracted society in the history of the world,” has selected artists he sees as visionaries in this developing movement. The artists’ impulses toward disruption are as individual as the artists themselves, but all share the need to include perception and emotion in their artistic process. Six sections lay out and analyze common themes: "Toward Abstraction," "Disrupted Bodies," "Emotions and Identities," "Myths and Visions," "Patterns, Planes, and Formations," and "Between Painting and Photography." Interviews with each artist offer additional insight into some of the most incisive and relevant painting being created today.

Size: 9" x 12" | 192 color images | 208 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358012

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John Seed is a painter, writer, and independent curator who contributed over 350 blogs to the HuffingtonPost Arts and Culture page between 2010 and 2017. Known for his direct and engaging style, Seed became an important voice in the evolving conversation about contemporary representational painting. Seed has also blogged for Hyperallergic.com, contributed articles to print magazines including Art Ltd., Arts of Asia, Catamaran, and Harvard Magazine, and appeared in the Google Arts and Culture video series Name That Art. Now semiretired after more than 30 years of teaching art at Mt. San Jacinto College, Seed lives on California’s central coast with his wife and two daughters.