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The Necessity of Art (1959)

by Ernst Fischer

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An eye-opening book, indeed! ( )
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"Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for." With this charmingly paradoxical epigram Jean Cocteau has summed up the necessity of art - as well as its questionable role in the late bourgeois world.
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"Reissued with an introduction by John Berger, The Necessity of Art is a beautifully written meditation on arts importance in viewing the world in which we live. In this wide-ranging and erudite exploration of literary and fine art, Fischer looks at the relationship between art and social reality, arguing that truthful art must both reflect reality in all its flaws and imperfections, and help show how change and improvement might be brought about. With his emphasis on the individuals need to engage with society, his rejection of rampant consumerism and hypertechnology, and his emphasis on hope, this radical, affirmative and humane vision of the artistic endeavor remains as timely today as when it was first published sixty years ago." --Back cover.… (more)

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