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By John Berger

During this prescient and wonderfully written publication, John Berger examines the lifestyles and paintings of Ernst Neizvestny, a Russian sculptor whose exclusion from the ranks of formally authorized Soviet artists left him laboring in enforced obscurity to achieve his enormous and intensely public imaginative and prescient of paintings. yet Berger's impassioned account is going way past the explicit hindrance of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very which means of innovative paintings. In his fight opposed to authentic orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face war of words with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny was once scuffling with now not for a only own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a attractiveness of the genuine social function of paintings. His sculptures earn a spot on the earth via reflecting the braveness of an entire humans, by means of commemorating, in an age of mass affliction, the resistance and patience of thousands.

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

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