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How can there be any connexion between Art and nations? The premiss seems to have been imagined by the Wrong People seems it not.
I'm not sure (except to the extent that all art is created by people who are from one or more nations), although I imagine that it's become less of an issue in recent times given the ever-greater cultural cross-fertilisation and the diversity that raises therefrom.
I have no idea who the "Wrong People" might be or why they're in Capital Letters or indeed who determines any of them to be "Wrong" about what but, for example, the notion of a "national art" that was promoted in the Soviet Union and, on the other hand, that of the "entartete musik" decried and deplored by another régime as though the anti-art of a nation is likely to incline one to think that there ought to be no such thing as "the art of a nation" and that, when there is nevertheless perceived to be such, it's usually bad news.
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2016 10:03:18 GMT -5 by ahinton
"How can there be any connexion between Art and nations?"
Well, I suppose that there is no such thing as art; there are only artists. So the connexion between art and nations is through nations' artists! I think that it is perfectly reasonable to look at art through the prism of a nation, or to look at a nation through the prism of its art. Here is a walk through British art, for example: