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Camille Paglia on Art and Ideology

"My Case for the 'New Sexism': How a D.C. Art Gallery Celebrated Standards, Sexuality and Women", The Washington Post Wire Service, Sunday, September 26, 1993.

Issues of quality and standards have been foolishly abandoned by liberals, who now interpret aesthetics as nothing but a mask for ideology. As a result the far right has gained enormously. What madness is abroad in the land when only neoconservatives will defend the grandeur of art? Greatness is not a white male trick. Every important world civilization has defined its artistic tradition in elitist terms of distinction and excellence.