Art & Politics

»It is certainly wrong to make theoretical claims such as »art belongs to the people« or »art for the people«; wanting to »bring art to the people« is wrong. One either thinks that it is up to the people to move towards an understanding of art, or one thinks that through a focus on topics that are »closer to the people« or »more timely« one can bridge the gap. They are right who fear that the battle pictures, pictures with unholy memories that where once also »timely,« may come back. Probably, there has never been anybody who seriously believed that one can create an art that is alive through a shifting of topics, or simply through »recognizable,« i.e. representational art, through an exterior social realism based on topics. A change of position is not enough. Exterior means will never suffice.«

Oskar Nerdinger, 1948

»The major problem still remains the same: the old asthetic workhorse of content and intent. ART as it becomes useful, even to the extent of entering the culture, becomes for me no longer ART but HISTORY. HISTORY being perhaps the most viable tool of POLITICS. All ART as it becomes known becomes POLITICS regardless of the intent of the ARTIST

Lawrence Weiner, 1970

Bildrechte: VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014 Foto: Tobias Roch, Hagen Bildrechte: Calder Foundation New York / Foto Stiftung Lehmbruck Museum Bildrechte: gemeinfrei, Foto: Peter Hinschläger

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