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Milton Glaser and the Responsibilty of the Artist

Milton Glaser explains how it is important for an artist to engage in society. He references the difference between Van Gogh and Rubens. Van Gogh is the current popular version of the artist- a lone genius pursing his vision, unsullied by the need to sell it.

Rubens on the other hand, was involved in society, acting as a diplomat, and propagandist for the Catholic faith at the start of the Reformation.

Glaser talks of the necessity or responsibilty of the artist to engage as a citizen in society, not act as a critic sitting back and only focusing on his work.

Eleanor Wachtel’s interview with graphic designer and artist Milton Glaser here.


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