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 mailorder@royalacademy.org.uk 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.

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