Irrational Elements in Art and Politics

Mumford, Lewis
April 1954
New Republic;4/5/54, Vol. 130 Issue 14, p16
This article focuses on irrational elements in art and politics. In the last few years, people have learned that if art is an expression of any civilization, it may express evils of the society, quite as readily as it express the positive and formative forces that had a great contribution to make to man's development. They must distinguish two processes at work in civilization, one creative and another destructive. Modern art responds to both sides. One cannot understand the latest developments in art without reference to the politics of that time.


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