Lines in the Sand

ShellT“Realism is condemned by those artists whose poverty of technique does not permit them to express it.” Walter J. Phillips – 

“Photo-realistic painting is to impressionism what a ballroom waltz is to Argentine tango. Once you’ve done tango, the waltz seems stilted, controlled and oh so dull. Give me the passion, the sexiness and the bravura of the tango, thank you very much.” Brenda Behr – 

“Realism has to be such high quality, you can’t fake it. It’s all hanging out there like the laundry.” Nelson Shanks – 

“The contemporary art audience, having had a century of flotsam and jetsam flung at them, think that super-realism is miraculous stuff.” Sharon Knettell – 

All these lines in the sand. Where do you stand? Do you prefer more realistic or more impressionistic art?