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December 6th, 2010

expression @ 12:32 pm

 
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From:holy13nation
Date:December 6th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Creativity was believed to be a decadent, useless bourgeois indulgence under Mao.
Now it depends how you define creativity...or in what arena.
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From:dominicvine
Date:December 7th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
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i would say most "creativity" is decadent useless bourgeois indulgence
i mean
here in america

but not all.

i'm not much into history
but i'm not surprised to hear this line
and that it would be an expressed opinion/belief

when i was there i remember going to all these student art shows and they were ALL copies of the "masters"
the same paintings done over and over and over
the kid who took me to them told me that the masters knew everything to be known about painting and students weren't allowed to even try painting anything of their own until they could perfectly reproduce this set that i was seeing endlessly reproduced:
gods and landcapes, dragons and cherry blossoms....

of course
when i studied art in england i remember my art history teacher saying that it was only recent that students were allowed to experiment...
it used to be a student was never allowed to attempt his own until after the age of 25

but i find the whole "history" of the world nebulous
so always like to check in with others.

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