The 1960's broadcasted BBC Reith Lectures, later published as Art and Anarchy (1963), aimed to criticize the production and reception of art in the modern age. Its essential premise is that modern art, as it forsook its former transcendental ideals, became external to the central needs of men, thus marginalizing itself. Its lecturer, the German philosopher and art historian Edgar Wind (1900-1971), then professor of Art History at Oxford, produced this intellectual discourse with the public debate in mind, amidst the critical decade of 1960. We intend to verify the intellectual percourse of Art and Anarchy's making, the aims of its critique and the contextual elements involved in it. Our goal is to access the bibliographical resources of European academic institutions, and to analyze Wind's archives, in order to frame the lines of thought that coalesced in the book, thus enhancing our comprehension of (1) Wind's later years, (2) the intellectual and historical background behind Art and Anarchy (the lectures and the book) and (3) the public debate that proceeded from it. Finally, we intend to approach the permanence of Wind's critique and its relevance to Art Historiography and Theory.
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