By John Berger
During this prescient and fantastically written publication, 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 huge and intensely public imaginative and prescient of artwork. yet Berger's impassioned account is going way past the categorical problem of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very that means of innovative artwork. In his fight opposed to reputable orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face disagreement with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny was once combating no longer for a simply own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a attractiveness of the genuine social function of paintings. His sculptures earn a spot on this planet through reflecting the braveness of an entire humans, by way of commemorating, in an age of mass agony, the resistance and persistence of thousands.
"Berger is maybe our so much perceptive commentator on art...A civilized and stimulating significant other it doesn't matter what topic occurs to pass his mind."--Philadelphia Inquirer
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