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By John Berger

During this prescient and fantastically written publication, John Berger examines the existence and paintings of Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian sculptor whose exclusion from the ranks of formally licensed Soviet artists left him laboring in enforced obscurity to gain his enormous and intensely public imaginative and prescient of artwork. yet Berger's impassioned account is going way past the explicit hassle of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very that means of progressive paintings. In his fight opposed to reputable orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face disagreement with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny used to be struggling with no longer for a in simple terms own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a attractiveness of the real social function of artwork. His sculptures earn a spot on this planet through reflecting the braveness of a complete humans, by means of commemorating, in an age of mass agony, the resistance and persistence of hundreds of thousands.

"Berger is perhaps our so much perceptive commentator on art...A civilized and stimulating significant other it doesn't matter what topic occurs to move his mind."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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