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 way past the categorical hassle of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very which means of progressive paintings. In his fight opposed to authentic orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face disagreement with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny used to be struggling with now not for a basically own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a acceptance of the real social function of artwork. His sculptures earn a spot on the planet via reflecting the braveness of a complete humans, through commemorating, in an age of mass anguish, the resistance and persistence of thousands.
"Berger is perhaps our such a lot 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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