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Beyond the Disciplines: Art without Boundaries

Suzi Gablik

Several decades ago, when I first began writing Has Modernism Failed?, I felt compelled to explore the relevance of spiritual and moral values in a society oriented around manic production, maximum energy flow, and a fixation with commodities. I began to question seriously the basic orientation of art-as-product, to which our culture gives such allegiance. Wasn’t there some way, I wondered, to open creativity up to wider circuits and greater global concerns? Couldn’t art be understood as something more participatory and engaged?

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