By John Berger
During this prescient and fantastically written booklet, John Berger examines the existence and paintings of Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian sculptor whose exclusion from the ranks of formally licensed Soviet artists left him laboring in enforced obscurity to gain his enormous and intensely public imaginative and prescient of paintings. yet Berger's impassioned account is going well past the explicit problem of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very which means of progressive paintings. In his fight opposed to legit orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face disagreement with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny was once scuffling with no longer for a only own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a acceptance of the real social position of artwork. His sculptures earn a spot on the planet via reflecting the braveness of a complete humans, by means of commemorating, in an age of mass anguish, the resistance and persistence of hundreds of thousands.
"Berger is maybe our so much perceptive commentator on art...A civilized and stimulating spouse it doesn't matter what topic occurs to go his mind."--Philadelphia Inquirer
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