• “Secession: The Century of Artistic Freedom”


    This honest and comprehensive survey of a century’s worth of the art exhibited at the Vienna Secession—basically a sampling of the more than 10,000 artists who have shown in what is perhaps the seminal space for the avant-garde in the world—gave the lie to the star system that elevates a particular artist at the expense of all others. As if this still required proving, an artist gains his or her identity and importance from the way he or she responds to the field and the issues that define it, not because of any inherent genius. Although the exhibition has been criticized in the

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