By John Berger
During this prescient and wonderfully written publication, John Berger examines the lifestyles and paintings of Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian sculptor whose exclusion from the ranks of formally licensed Soviet artists left him laboring in enforced obscurity to gain his enormous and intensely public imaginative and prescient of paintings. yet Berger's impassioned account is going way past the categorical issue of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very that means of progressive paintings. In his fight opposed to respectable orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face disagreement with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny used to be battling no longer for a in simple terms own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a acceptance of the real social position of paintings. 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 hundreds of thousands.
"Berger is perhaps our such a lot perceptive commentator on art...A civilized and stimulating significant other it doesn't matter what topic occurs to move his mind."--Philadelphia Inquirer
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