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By an extraordinary stroke of luck, the Russian avant-garde got, from the embryo
State, the patron it needed. He was Anatoly Lunacharsky, Lenin's Commissar of
Education. A sensitive and idealistic writer, Lunacharsky had shown what must ...
At its origins, the avant-garde myth had held the artist to be a precursor; the
significant work is the one that prepares the future. The cult of the precursor
ended by cluttering the landscape with absurd prophetic claims. The idea of a
Nochlin, Linda “The Invention of the Avant-Garde: France, 1830–1880”, in Avant-
Garde Art, ed. Thomas B. Hess and John Ashbery. New York: Macmillan, 1968.
Nochlin, Linda Realism. London: Penguin Books, 1971. Novak, Barbara Nature ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review