Richard Vine on the state of art
By Christopher Schnoor
Thirty years ago, the performance/installation artist Chris Burden succinctly captured the prevailing mood in contemporary art with his statement: "Art doesn't have a purpose. It's a free spot in society, where you can do anything." For Burden and throngs of his peers, works of art no longer strive to exalt, provide answers or address universal truths, but rather should erase complacency, challenge proscription and push the envelope with a vengeance.
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