quote:Originally posted by Melesi:
What I said was that modernist artists (and not everyone who paints in the modern era is a modernist artist--Fredrick Remington and Charles Russell come immediately to mind) painted quite deliberately for people who were not "common." That is, they sought to exclude a great number of people from their art. I find it interesting that this phenomenon is limited almost solely to the visual arts. Except for the Dadaists and some of the surrealists (not all), poets as a general rule did not join in this cultured despising of the masses. Painters often did--and very likely often still do.
You haven't read much of T.S. Elliot? Or Ezra Pound? And in fiction, there was Gertrude Stein, James Joyce (my favorite), William Faulkner, etal. Modernism and Postmodernism (resp.) have found expression in all of the arts.