The champions of various modernist movements announced that their new art would sweep away the old, but when the dust cleared, this mostly turned out not to be the case. The possibility of a stream-of-consciousness narrative, while exhilarating for a while, did not, as advertised, suddenly make it impossible to write or read a more traditional novel, and abstract art did not kill off the human appetite for representation.
This history should make anyone leery about sweeping claims that certain commonplace art forms are "dead" -- because what does that even mean?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
What Do Movments Leave Standing After They Run Their Course....
Laura Miller, writing in Salon: