My view of high brow arts

November 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

The traditional view of high brow arts is that they represent an outgrowth, or a “flowering” — the most refined, or “advanced” product of a cultural entity which includes all kinds of cultural production from low/ folk/ pop to middle brow; that there is a kind of progression from low to high; and constant mutual cross influence.

It is my view that high brow arts represent an entirely separate entity, a world of their own, that they are made by special, dramatically different minds for other minds like them, that any similarity between them and the lower kinds of art is accidental and insignificant; and that, to the extent that similar mind mutations in other countries, the high brow arts of different cultures will have more in common with each other than they do with the popular arts of their own milieu.


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