Art: Two Clear Ones

Modern art and "traditional" art have both been championed for years in such inflated terms and with such agitated voodoo that intelligent men may well be bored with the whole controversy. Most artists are. Supercilious esthetes and professional scoffers being alike discredited, the most promising movement in art criticism is toward a simpler, less pretentious and closer examination of the facts of art. The past fortnight was notable for turning up two clear books of this sort.

Anti-theory. Thesis of Christine Herter. in Defense of Art— is that much contemporary art is...

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