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 licensed 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 well past the categorical quandary of the pre-glasnot Russian artist to light up the very that means of progressive artwork. In his fight opposed to authentic orthodoxy--which concerned a face-to-face war of words with Khruschev himself--Neizvestny used to be combating now not for a simply own or aesthetic imaginative and prescient, yet for a popularity of the real social position of paintings. His sculptures earn a spot on the planet via reflecting the braveness of a complete humans, through commemorating, in an age of mass ache, the resistance and persistence of thousands.
"Berger is maybe our so much perceptive commentator on art...A civilized and stimulating better half it doesn't matter what topic occurs to pass his mind."--Philadelphia Inquirer