Saint Gasoline has produced an entertaining little exposition on the evolution of art. An excerpt:
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Then something happened in the past century that changed art. Artists sort of went apeshit. James Joyce made novels full of jibberish and vague allusions to Greek myths. Picasso painted portraits of people made out of squares and seemingly smashed into two-dimensions. And in the culmination of this general trend toward absurdity, John Cage composed the famed classical song 4′ 33″.... Someone had thrown a wrench into the art machine.
It is understandable that artists began to revolt in what is now called the “modern” period. During this time period we started seeing strange, inconceivable things happen, like black people voting, women getting jobs and divorces, and worst of all, normal people began publishing their own work, writing their own songs, and creating their own art
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