Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

Commonly despised, pretentiousness is often perceived as a crime in the art world. Dan Fox of frieze magazine, however, argues a case in favour of pretentiousness; claiming it is vital mechanism which drives progression and forward-thinking. Decide for yourself with this interesting take on the subject. This product has been discontinued. See the Related Products below or email and we can suggest something similar which you may also like.
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This book has been selected and reviewed by Michael Prodger for the RA Magazine: Issue 131 Summer 2016.

Pretentiousness, not an alien concept in the art world, should not be despised but lauded, says Dan Fox, co-editor of frieze magazine. Yes, it has a downside - blather and second-rate thinking - but it is vital in pushing culture forwards and countering social conservatism. Fox's lively essay lays on his case with references from Plato to Brian Eno and even a slice of autobiography. 'Pretentiousness is always someone else's crime,' he notes,but we should make it ours too.