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Is Contemporary Art Really Just a ‘dumb show’?

The critic Robert Hughes thought so

Ed & Nancy Kienholz installation; model dummy, lampshade, telephone, vase, side table, photo on wall.
“The Hoerengracht van Edward en Nancy Kienholz, foto LA Louver” by Amsterdam Museum is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

But he was profoundly wrong, because he never understood what contemporary artists were either trying to do, or managing to achieve. And in an odd way this is understandable, because in many instances, neither did they.

This may sound bizarre, but there’s a convincing logic to it.



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