The American Culture writes: Should authors like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien be considered “real” artists? Not according to James Bowman. They and numerous others create what Bowman dismissively refers to as “fantasy art.” And fantasy art isn’t Art.
Mr. Bowman is among that group that just can’t seem to abide anything that smacks of fantasy. Bowman distinguishes Homer’s tales of gods and heroes because Homer actually believed these beings existed. The modern world, however, knows that elves, faeries, monsters, magic spinning wizards and sword wielding heroes don’t exist. To James Bowman these are childish fantasies that should be put aside in favor of reality. At the very least, we should not include fantasy in discussions about Art.
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