PRINT October 1984


MODERN ART, TO SOME EXTENT because of its autonomous character, does not align itself exactly with social development. Notably, the current of fine art after the late 19th century may be said to deviate in its essential qualities from the social course. The collapse that the developed nations of the world are currently experiencing can be thought of in another way: as a result of the ultramodernization by intensive capitalism. Contemporary art sometimes follows the same path as the collapse, sometimes parallels it, and at other times moves in the opposite direction. These different responses depend on the particular ethnic group, regional area, and nationality involved. The progress, speed, and characteristics of modernization are different for each society, and that is only natural. When water, air, and land differ, people differ. When languages and thinking patterns differ, fine art

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