Slumber

www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/opinion/shirin-neshat-political-art.html

The art world seems to have closely adopted and followed the ideological footprints of the larger global economy of the past three decades, increasingly participating in the orgy of the creation of wealth and its narrow distribution. But now with the rise of tribalism and nationalism and the bobbing of the ugly head of fascism, can the sleepy, self-indulgent Western art world rise from its slumber, too?

(Shirin Neshat, “When Does Political Art Cross the Line?”, NYTimes, 12-5-18)

(c) 2018 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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4 Responses to Slumber

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    “But now with the rise of tribalism and nationalism and the bobbing of the ugly head of fascism, can the sleepy, self-indulgent Western art world rise from its slumber, too?” Yes, can the art world be so in bed with a radical political agenda that it decries anything by white men to be fascist? Yes, it can.

    • JMN says:

      I’m stuck for the moment on my iPhone, can’t type much. But all your comments are bracing, as always! I’m not always on board with the ideas in things I quote, either.

      • Eric Wayne says:

        Yeah, I know. I don’t assume a one-to-one relationship. I’ve always considered myself on the side of the good, and rooting for the underdog. I just don’t find that those claiming to be for the just and good really are. Au contraire, they are often for witch hunts, censorship, scapegoating, punishments far exceeding non-crimes, and son on.

      • JMN says:

        You fight the good fight!

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