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The Aesthetic Dictatorship

Reading to my daughter “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,” Eric Carle’s homage to the expressionist¬†artist Franz Marc, reminded me again — in the unsettling arena of a children’s book — the peculiar yet consistent need for repressive governments … Continue reading

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Nowa Huta and the Political Aesthetic

In the fall of 2009 I visited Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, with a NATO delegation. ¬†This allowed me to visit an extraordinary experiment mounted by the Communist government in the late 1940s. On the outskirts of Krakow, in … Continue reading

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