By John Berger
During this prescient and wonderfully written ebook, John Berger examines the lifestyles and paintings of Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian sculptor whose exclusion from the ranks of formally authorized Soviet artists left him laboring in enforced obscurity to achieve his enormous and intensely public imaginative and prescient of paintings. yet Berger's impassioned account is going well past the categorical hindrance of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very which means of innovative paintings. In his fight opposed to reliable orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face war of words with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny used to be battling now not for a basically own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a acceptance of the genuine social function of artwork. His sculptures earn a spot on this planet by means of reflecting the braveness of a complete humans, via commemorating, in an age of mass soreness, the resistance and persistence of thousands.
"Berger is maybe our so much perceptive commentator on art...A civilized and stimulating better half it doesn't matter what topic occurs to pass his mind."--Philadelphia Inquirer
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