Mammonart by Upton Sinclair

From Upton Sinclair’s book of art criticism and social analysis, Mammonart (1925):

…six great art lies now prevailing in the world, which this book will discuss:

Lie Number One: the Art for Art’s Sake lie; the notion that the end of art is in the art work, and that the artist’s sole task is perfection of form….

Lie Number Two: the lie of Art Snobbery; the notion that art is something esoteric, for the few, outside the grasp of the masses….

Lie Number Three: the lie of Art Tradition; the notion that new artists must follow old models….

Lie Number Four: the lie of Art Dilettantism; the notion that the purpose of art is entertainment and diversion, an escape from reality….

Lie Number Five: the lie of the Art Pervert; the notion that art has nothing to do with moral questions….

Lie Number Six: the lie of Vested Interest; the notion that art excludes propaganda and has nothing to do with freedom and justice….

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