-- SUBJECT MATTER IN ART -- PICASSO -- PRIMITIVE
ART -- PERIOD AND NATIONALITY -- ARTIST AND
THE following extract from the Observer of January 25th, 1930, is a better criticism, than any that could be advanced, of the manner in which most of our London statues come to be erected. It forms a useful commentary on what Mr. Epstein has to say on the question of subject matter in sculpture.
I once asked him if he was interested in politics.
"Not especially, though I always read the papers. I have no decided opinions, but as an artist I only pray for one thing -- that we have no dictatorship in this country, either Fascist or Communist. Dictatorship is fatal to art, as the case of Toscanini shows so clearly in Italy. In fact, any official interference in art is bad. The real artist has more important things to do than to play at politics. A ministry of art in this country would be quite fatal."
This is why: