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There was no angle of refraction between his ideas and those of the popes from
Urban VIII to Alexander VII, his patrons. If there had been, there would have been
no Baldacchino or St. Peter's Square. The avant-garde took root in a different ...
For art does not act directly on politics in the way that the engage wing of the
avant-garde, from Courbet onwards, expected it to do. All it can do is provide
examples of radical feeling and models of dissent - unless it simply wishes to
Oligarchs, whether collective or single, dislike the very idea of avant- garde art
because it creates new elites. As Ortega y Gasset remarked, its first effect is to
divide; it splits the audience into those who understand it and those who do not.
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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