"A work of art is a thing in the world not just a text or commentary on the world."
~ Susan Sontag, Beyond Interpretation, 1966.
"Art has become another field of politics in an over-politicized time."
"Art has been demoted from aesthetic judgement to tests of ideological soundness."
"The current critical culture rates work by what it says about racism, misogyny, colonialism, populism, identity, bourgeois values etc."
"The essence of an aesthetic creation is the technique, not the message, to be judged on its own terms, not ideology."
~ Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, January 27, 2018.
Also have a read of the New Yorker article by Calvin Tomkins called "The Whole Thing is Crazy", January 29, 2018 edition, click here to link to the New Yorker site.
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