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By Raphael Sassower, Louis Cicotello

So that it will larger comprehend the stipulations of the twenty-first century Raphael Sassower and Louis Cicotello revisit the 20th century in Political Blind Spots: examining the Ideology of pictures. Sassower and Cicotello revisit probably the most major sessions in paintings and politics within the 20th century paying shut cognizance to the connection among aesthetics and politics.

Discussing paintings as a functionality of politics, this publication deals a clean viewpoint at the position of artwork in our lives and our society. Writing in an immediate and obtainable demeanour, Sassower and Cicotelli deliver readability to a posh variety of fabrics and philosophical positions. (Adam J. Lerner, The Laboratory of artwork and concepts at Belmar)

...instructors of artwork and their scholars will in particular take advantage of this thought-provoking and nuanced booklet. (Anthony Birch, Gainesville, Georgia Bridges)

In a tremendous and ground-breaking research, Sassower and Cicotello dissect the social energy of images, from paintings to propaganda. Now greater than ever photos form and keep watch over our lives, and this booklet issues in a brand new path, maybe towards a brand new self-discipline, for knowing them. From politics and economics to buildings of the brain, the context and charm of artwork is tested via an intensive social/aesthetic technique. the fitting questions are asked—about pursuits, tradition, beauty—and a deep studying of pictures emerges, a studying more and more crucial for our time. (Will Wright, Colorado kingdom University-Pueblo)

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Once he sees this fact his feet are on the path. If you want to know the truth you will know it. The manipulation of materials in art work is a result of this state of mind. The artist works by awareness of his own state of mind. In order to do so he must have a studio, as a retreat and as a place to work. In the studio an artist must have no interruptions from himself or anyone else. Interruptions are disasters. To hold onto the "silver cord", that is the artistic discipline. The artist's own mind will be all the help he needs.

The most dangerous anti-life and destructive tendency is self deception known as fantasy. Imagining that we are other than we are. The opposite of fantasy, true knowledge of self, is the greatest wisdom. The conscious mind is awareness of the sublime and it tells us what to do by showing us when we are off the track. Obedience to the conscious mind carries us forward to greater awareness. Disobedience of the conscious mind carries us backward to less awareness. With more accurate obedience we become rapidly more aware of the sublime: of beauty and happiness in life.

You look at a painting and say: "Is this it", and your mind answers and says: "Yes" or "No". If it says "Yes" it means that you have just made the work that you should have made. What your mind says never applies to anyone else. This work is what is possible for you according to your awareness of life. There are no criteria. No possibility for criticism. By the use of intellect we have created a world of ideas that does not actually exist. The political world is a structure conceived and agreed to by us but it is not a reality.

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