Realistic, naturalistic art had dissembled the medium, using art to conceal art; Modernism used art to call attention to art.
So many people’s school experience contains at least one instance of being looked down upon because they didn’t care for one or more of the sacred mutant outcroppings of High Modernism, and they concluded from this that Literature is all about impenetrable stuff that they don’t like. That damn Hemingway with his crazy free verse.patrick nielsen hayden
A novelist who ranks with Proust , Kafka , Musil and his friend James Joyce as one of the enduring pillars of Modernism.italo svevo
The first effect of Modernism was to make high culture difficult: to surround beauty with a wall of erudition.roger scruton
Conservatism is itself a Modernism, and in this lies the secret of its success.roger scruton
Who knows what the new century holds for music? I predict that we will bury most of the musical Modernism of the 20th, with its need to shock and cause distress.donald vroon
Abstract art as it is conceived at present is a game bequeathed to painting and sculpture by art history. One who accepts its premises must consent to limit his imagination to a depressing casuistry regarding the formal requirements of Modernism.Harold Rosenberg
I was…attacked for being a pasticheur , chided for composing “simple” music, blamed for deserting “Modernism,” accused of renouncing my “true Russian heritage.” People who had never heard of, or cared about, the originals cried “sacrilege”: “The classics are ours. Leave the classics alone.” To them all my answer was and is the same: You “respect,” but I love.igor stravinsky
If movement conservatism is less about hating the state than about fighting Godless Modernism, this might explain why conservatives have always found actual or cultural wars to fight, but have never got around to shrinking or controlling the growth of government (though centrists like Eisenhower and Clinton did).Mark Riebling, "Conservatism Turned Upside Down: Sam Tanenhaus' Critique of Conservative Reason," City Journal (October 16, 2009). Full essay online
The west has always shown a sympathetic, although patronizing, appreciation of the old Japan. Many a foreign observer would remark with a sigh: 'What a pity that things of the past, of beauty and joy forever, should be so mercilessly sacrificed on the altar of Modernism!'toshio shiratori
The west has always shown a sympathetic, although patronizing, appreciation of the old Japan. Many a foreign observer would remark with a sigh: 'What a pity that things of the past, of beauty and joy forever, should be so mercilessly sacrificed on the altar of Modernism!'Quoted in "Behind the Face of Japan"- Page 265 - by Upton Close, Josef Washington Hall - 1942
The domination of becoming produces another sort of fragmentation, which may be called “presentism.” Allen Tate has made the point that many modern people to whom the word “provincial” is anathema are themselves provincials in the to an extreme degree. Indeed, Modernism is in essence a provincialism, since it declines to look beyond the horizon of the moment, just as a countryman may view with suspicion whatever lies beyond his country.richard weaver
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