Painting, Photograph, Synthesis, or Mutation?

Today, courtesy of Andrew Sullivan’s blog “The Daily Dish,” we are treated to the work of  master retoucher/airbrusher/painter Dru Blair.

I make no comment about the aesthetics or larger significance of the work,  or why it was an important artistic exercise ,  but admit I am stunned at the astounding technical accomplishment of being able to paint a portrait that cannot be distinguished from a photograph.

It also raises yet again the question that has haunted us from antiquity:  What is real? Who decides?

After seeing Blair’s work,  Ill be darned if I know.

Tell you something else: It also raises the interesting question of exactly what a pixel is!

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