Making and Effacing Art: Modern American Art in a Culture of Museums

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In his 1923 essay, "The Problem of Museums," Paul Valery called the museum a "strange organized disorder" and likened it to a room where ten orchestras played simultaneously. Malraux similarly argued that the museum was a place for "pitting works of art against each other." But regardless of their problems, museums have become powerful influences in modern culture, deciding which artists and which of their works are to be preserved as part of our history. Indeed, such is their power that some critics have remarked that it ...

Making and Effacing Art: Modern American Art in a Culture of Museums 1991, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195060461

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