From the Nov/Dec, 2015 issue of Touchstone

Art and Effrontery by S. M. Hutchens

Mortal Remains

Art & Effrontery

by S. M. Hutchens

Discussing certain trends in modern art, I observed to a friend that we live in an age when effrontery is regularly mistaken for creativity—and will add that I'm pretty sure the effronters, having discovered the secret of profitable celebrity, both know it and are aware at some level that they haven't done much creating. Heidegger said authentic existence was "Being towards death," and so far as this may be taken to mean, "Remember, O man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return," he was quite right. But there are many who seem to want to define themselves toward . . .


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