Freedom of the Artist vs. The Death of Art

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Submitted by Jmaurone on Wed, 2012-05-16 03:17

"Dogmatists of all kinds-scientific, economic, moral, as well as political-are threatened by the creative freedom of the artist. This is necessarily and inevitably so. We cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative persons of all sorts, are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systems. For the creative impulse is the speaking of the voice and the expressing of the forms of the preconscious and unconscious; and this is, by its very nature, a threat to rationality and external control. The dogmatists then try to take over the artist. The church, in certain periods, harnessed him to prescribed subjects and methods. Capitalism tries to take over the artist by buying him. And Soviet realism tried to do so by social prescription. The result, by the very nature of the creative impulse, is fatal to art. If it were possible to control the artist-and I do not believe it is-it would mean the death of art."
-Rollo May, The Courage to Create

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