Chaos and Classicism: Challenges

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Kenneth E. Silver, Guest Curator of Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936 and Professor of Modern Art at New York University, discusses the challenges of mounting an exhibition on art of the interwar years. Sometimes considered “less exciting” than art of the prewar heyday of avant-garde experimentalism, interwar art is also plagued by its link to the rise of Fascism, resulting in a “hands-off” approach to its study. Typical misconceptions of interwar art, Silver explains, are that avant-garde art and right-wing governments were utterly opposed and that certain subjects such as the “cult of the body” were only a concern of one side of the political spectrum.

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