Modernism and politics

A discussion of modernism and politics starting at Alfred Corn’s, then Baroque in Hackney then George Szirtes here and here.

Salvador Dalí, Mi esposa desnuda, 1945

I suppose we tend to associate modernism with left-wing politics because we feel that people who embrace radical and new aesthetics would probably have radical instincts in politics as well: whatever else modernism was, it wasn’t a conservative movement. To reduce so much in art and politics down to one binary personality trait is very simplistic; even so, there’s probably some truth to it.

But left-wing politics doesn’t have a monopoly on wanting to change the world. Fascism was a radical movement; perhaps it’s not surprising it should attract its share of radical artists.

» The painting is Mi esposa desnuda by Salvador Dalí; an artist who started on the left and later supported Franco.

2 Comments

  1. 25 March 2008 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Good to have you coming in on this, Harry. My first post on the subject is very rushed and far from neatly argued. It just drops a few coins into the slot but the gears are not properly engaged. I will pursue this with, I hope, greater rigour, or at least as much rigour as fits into a blog post, over the next few days.

  2. Harry
    26 March 2008 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I wait with interest :)

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