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“As artistic evolution unfolds the artist is being freed more and more from strict canons governing the method of working [ones] medium of creative expression. The end result of this evolution has been that, finally, in our time, the artist’s liberation has been almost total. However the artist’s succession to near-total freedom of expression now presents very great difficulties…the absence of recognisable canons reduces…creation to near randomness…In other words, artistic evolution along the one-way street to freedom embodies an element of self-limitation. The greater the freedom already attained and hence the closer the approach to the random of any artistic style for the percipient, the less possible for any successor style to seem significantly different from its predecessor”. Gunther Stent quoted in Gere (2006:100:Berg)


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