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Friday essay: can art really make a difference?

  • Written by Joanna Mendelssohn, Honorary Associate Professor, Art & Design: UNSW Australia. Editor in Chief, Design and Art of Australia Online, UNSW
Friday essay: can art really make a difference?Still from Human Flow, directed by Ai WeiweiIMDB/Amazon Studios

In 1936 Karl Hofer painted the work that best encapsulates the dilemma of German artists in the first half of the 20th century. Kassandra is a bleak vision of the prophetess of Ancient Troy, doomed always to foresee the future, and doomed never to be believed. In 2009 it was exhibited...



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