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Nausea at this show, yes, but 1910 is too early

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Submitted by Malcolm (Israel), Dec 28, 2017 at 14:40

I share the nausea of Mr. Pipes at the exhibition of so-called art in Venice.

This kind of nonsense, however, is an abomination going under the name of "conceptual art" that has flourished since the 1960s. Follow the link in this article to the exhibition of 1910, and you will see a painting by Manet whose striking beauty, executed with great technical skill, should never have been denied. The same can be said of the best of modern art from Cézanne (d. 1906) to Kandinsky (d. 1944). It is only in the last half century that genuine technical ability and the aspiration to create beauty have been driven out of fashion in favor of clumsy attempts to perpetrate a crude conceptual message.


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Good point, but still the roots of today's decadence lay in the changes of December 1910.

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