Message - Re: tradition and innovation

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Posted by  d on September 12, 2002 at 09:12:11:

In Reply to:  tradition and innovation posted by Thomas Nash on September 12, 2002 at 08:36:40:

I have often argued on this forum, that ancestral forms, laden with some kind of primal energy, do indeed influence esthetics even today; and not only in "traditional" architecture ("classical" Roman or Greek derivatives, for eample) but also in supposedly modern construction...
For those in architecture who resist the idea that fetishistic and totemistic influences shape modernism, I remind them that they need merely to look at the beginnings of the modern movement in the fine arts; Picasso, fo example, explicitly acknowleged the study of tribal "primitive " art in his first attempts at Cubism, and he was known to admit that he felt there was a magical effect associated with art objects.
This, I think, is the actual taproot of Modernism; precisely the opposite of the conventional view, that Modernism came from increased rationality , mechanisation or atheism....

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