Three Propositions
In this book we discuss the art, acts, actions, and ideas of those avant- garde
movements of the last century that not only offered new artistic representa-
tions of the world (i.e., introduced into art radical changes in style and tech-
nique) but also demanded that art transforms the world rather than only
representing it.
Artists always to some extent transform the world with their art. But it
makes a big difference which of these two goals—representation or trans-
formation—an artist regards as art’s essence and purpose and thus assigns
priority. If the artist’s primary goal is to be the transformation of the world,
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