Solar Dance

Solar Dance

Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age

Book - 2012
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In Solar Dance , acclaimed writer and scholar Modris Eksteins uses Vincent van Gogh as his lens for this brilliant survey of Western culture and politics in the last century.
The long-awaited follow-up to Modris Eksteins' internationally acclaimed Rites of Spring and Walking Since Daybreak . Now he has produced another thrilling, iconoclastic work of cultural history that is a trailblazing biography of an era--from the eve of the First World War and the rise of Hitler to the fall of the Berlin Wall--that illuminates our current world, with its cults of celebrity and the crisis of the authentic. Solar Dance is a penetrating examination of legitimacy and truth, fakery and pretence--highly relevant to all of us today.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307398598
Branch Call Number: 940.5 EKSTE
Characteristics: 341 p. : ill.


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Oct 09, 2012

the author writes a book I think he doesn't quite deliver on, stressing that it's about "the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age" is pushing it somewhat, "the Crisis of Authenticity" maybe would've been more accurate, it is the story of how, because of Van Gogh's unprecedented popularity, forgeries took root in the German art world, prompted by the destitution that followed the First World War and the need to eke out there any kind of even criminal living, and transformed artworks thereby, through reliance on the questionable evaluations of even eminent appraisers, into commercial products, people buying status instead of a work they foremost earlier loved, a long rambling coda ensues, after the central, and quite intriguing, court case, devolving into a long harangue about alleged late-Twentieth-Century social consequences, painted iwith too broad a brush to be anywhere near conclusive

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