Winter 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 1 Book Reviews |

A Theory of Everyday Art

Art And Industry by Herbert Read. Horizon Press. $6.00. In the western tradition, the criticism of any of the several arts has customarily followed the pattern set historically by Plato and Aristotle, who in varying degrees and manners and for a variety of purposes commented and theorized upon the Homeric epics and the Greek tragedies. Neither of these philosophers intended to set one and only one pattern of theory, and none of them was aware that, for so many centuries to come, he would be shaping a policy of criticism in which theory looked backward upon art. This policy in literary criticism at the hands of the later Academies became the Law; but in the criticism of art there has been an encounter between those for whom art is governed by Law and those who seek and discover new Theory. In the criticism of art—the visual arts—written in English, the first name of importance is that of Ruskin, in criticism the moralist and legalist. The last name is that of Herbert Read, th

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