Dewey as prophet...

"When, because of their remoteness, the objects acknowledged by the cultivated to be works of fine art seem anemic to the mass of people, esthetic hunger is likely to seek the cheap and the vulgar."

-John Dewey, in Art as Experience

the fourth samba  – (Thursday, 20 July, 2006)  

Wow Tim, I've never thought about the seeking of the cheap and vulgar in this way. I wonder if movements like arte povera and even some "outsider art" have given more iron in the blood to the masses. Do you think? Or do you think movements such as these have just been perceived as anemic as well, because they still exist in the context of "fine art"?

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