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The Elephant in the Room

Studies in World Art, Book 27
Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
Length: 9 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Arts

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"Gothic Nightmares" at Tate Britain in London was an important exhibition, but not entirely for the reasons that its organizers thought. They clearly saw it as a stage in mapping an episode in British art - the rise of the Sturm und Drang, hand-in-hand with a new age of Gothic sensibility in literature - that has, until now, been relatively uncharted. What they almost entirely failed to perceive was its relevance to recent, and even current, developments in British and American art.

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