To Hell with Culture: And Other Essays on Art and Society

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Art - 197 pages
Herbert Read was a maverick character in the cultural life of the twentieth century. A radical leader of the avant garde in the 1930s, and an anarchist revolutionary during the war years, by the time of his death in 1968 he had become a key figure at the heart of the British cultural establishment. To Hell with Culture offers readers an ideal overview of the ideas that marked out this seminal and hugely influential thinker. It is a controversial work that engages the reader in a wide range of topics, from revolutionary art to pornography.
Adept at challenging assumptions and penetrating to the heart of any issue, Read's deft prose encourages the reader to think critically, to question and to subvert the voice of authority, of whatever political or cultural creed. Only through such a critical evaluation of culture, Read believes, can one appreciate the art that arises from the 'unpolitical manifestation of the human spirit'. At a time when authority and value are questionable terms, and when culture itself is a contested concept, Read's is both a challenging and an enlightening voice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
To Hell with Culture
10
The Politics of the Unpolitical
37
The Cult of Leadership
48
A Civilization from Under
70
The Symptoms of Decadence
85
The Collective Patron
92
The Secret of Success
99
The Nature of Revolutionary Art
125
The Psychology of Reaction
134
The Problem of Pornography
151
Civilization and the Sense of Quality
170
The Great Debate
177
The Arts and Peace
184
INDEX
192
Copyright

The Freedom of the Artist
112

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Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968). Leading poet, publisher, educational theorist and social reformer, who was one of the most influential art critics of the twentieth century.

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