Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy

Walsh, David
Date Written:  2016-01-30
Publisher:  World Socialist Web Site
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18672

Should artwork be categorized and presumably appreciated according to whether it represents a male or female, black or white perspective? Many critics, influenced by the prevailing ideology, set up this basic standard: women gain more from art produced by women, Jews from work created by Jews, African-Americans from "African-American art," etc. In ideological terms, these critics, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.

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