[artinfo] John Berger
sj at c3.hu
Tue Jan 3 13:34:32 CET 2017
the LA Review of Books published today a long article on his theory of art.
> That theory evolved considerably between the 1950s and the 2010s.
> Yet two threads hold it together with the tenacity of spider silk: a
> critique of the political economy of art and a sophisticated account
> of its human value, each rooted in a committed but elastic Marxism.
> A Marxist art criticism of any real subtlety has to be elastic,
> because it must deal with a problem Marx himself diagnosed but
> failed to solve. Berger puts it like this:
> A question which Marx posed but could not answer: If art in the last
> analysis is a superstructure of an economic base, why does its power
> to move us endure long after the base has been transformed? Why,
> asked Marx, do we still look towards Greek art as an ideal? He began
> to answer the question  and then broke off the manuscript and
> was far too occupied ever to return to the question.
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