Saturday, May 16, 2020

Thomas Hart Benton Talks About Popularity

In a vintage audio recording, Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) talks about art and popular taste. 
He argues that advertising and illustration can be great art only if it has a form that transcends the message. Link to YouTube.


CerverGirl said...

Thank you for this—I had forgotten about his name/being the artist of the murals in Missouri that I had a chance to see many years ago. Spectacular.

macgal said...

Swoon!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Thomas Hart Benton. Our local curator of American art here at the VMFA in Richmond, Leo Mazow, knows all thing Thomas Hart. We were lucky enough to have one of his pieces included in the recent Hoppers Hotels and Motels exhibition.