The Whitman Strain
The popular interest in her art, the “democratic Whitman strain in American culture” Greenberg saw as the ultimate “vulgar ignorance to esthetic truths”, according to Djikstra.
He highlights however, that it was this strain that saved her art from falling into oblivion, and it too is responsible for it being prominent today.
O’Keeffe: Two Calla Lilies on pink, 1928
Contains the first and “deathbed” editions of “Leaves of Grass,” and virtually all of Whitman’s prose, with reminiscences of nineteenth-century New York City, notes on the Civil War, especially his service in Washington hospitals and glimpses of President Lincoln, and attacks on the misuses of national wealth after the war.
Do you know of any contemporary artists that ‘dares’ to create beautiful artwork and have received appreciation from the public or buyers, but are ignored or even get trashed by the critics?
If so, why do you think that is?
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