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Permanence or Art immortal?
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- Subject: Permanence or Art immortal?
- From: Peter Verheyen <pdverhey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 Nov 1996 08:45:36 -0500
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>From the CHronicle of Higher Ed.
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the November issue of "Art in America":
Many art historians and other people view art as immortal. Gary
Schwartz, an art historian, contends they are misinformed. "The
natural condition of art is not to live on but to perish --
usually sooner, almost inevitably later." He urges art
historians to face the mortality of art. He explains that art
is lost through many means, including "ruthless" disregard by
curators, lack of interest in one generation's art by
succeeding generations, a robust market in stolen art, and the
failure of successful cultures to preserve the art of those
they have conquered. Dr. Schwartz also challenges the notion
that the art that survives is the best of its kind. He quotes
the modernist artist Marcel Duchamp, who said that only
mediocre art had been passed down through the ages. Dr.
Schwartz contends that society today is no different than those
of the past, destroying more art than it preserves and
overlooking what future generations may consider significant.
"We may exert ourselves to preserve old master paintings and
drawings," he writes, "but what about the art and artifacts of
our own age? Should the 21st century decide that the greatest
contribution of the 20th century to world art was early
television and industrial design, we will not be thanked for
the way we preserved it." (The magazine may be found at your
library or newsstand.)
>>> I love working in the library. <<<
>>There is something to be said for working in a place bound in leather.<<
Peter D. Verheyen <wk> 315.443.9937
Conservation Librarian <fax>315.443.9510
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