WHY I HATE MODERN ART
By Eli Levin
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For over 100 years Modern Art has received almost universal praise. The author Eli Levin takes exception to this received wisdom. Mr. Levin is of the opinion that fine art has been in accelerating decline for a century and a half. He follows the changes in style from Courbet to Warhol, analyzing the works of well-known artists and pointing to a loss of technical ability, visualization and human concern. The author discerns a pattern in which each avant-garde movement rejects the previous one, with a relentless narrowing of options.
Eli Levin is one of New Mexicoís best-known living, working artists. Starting his career in Santa Fe in 1964, he became recognized for his paintings of local night life. While returning often to his Social Realist roots, his work has also explored mythology, still life, landscape and the nude. The son of novelist Meyer Levin, he has written art reviews and taught art history. He hosts two artistís gatherings, a model drawing group since 1969 and The Santa Fe Etching Club since 1980. Levin studied painting with Raphael Soyer, George Grosz and Robert Beverley Hale among others, and has Masterís degrees from Wisconsin University and St. Johnís College. He continues to paint independently of the major art currents. He is also the author of Santa Fe Bohemia, The Art Colony, 1964Ė1980, and Disturbing Art Lessons, both from Sunstone Press.
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