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Venus in Exile

The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art

Wendy Steiner

In Venus in Exile renowned cultural critic Wendy Steiner explores the twentieth century's troubled relationship with beauty. Disdained by avant-garde artists, feminists, and activists, beauty and its major symbols of art—the female subject and ornament—became modernist taboos. To this day it is hard to champion beauty in art without sounding aesthe...
Publish Date
2002
November 14
First Published in 1901
Goodreads rating
3.69
ISBN
9780226772400
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Jun 24, 2020
My hot take: Picasso was the worst thing that ever happened in the history of art. He killed 'beauty' as an aesthetic goal, and replaced it with elitist signaling. Wendy Steiner (U Penn) has a good book about this:     source