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THE SKY IS FALLING!

When I say "art history" people usually give me a polite, glazed over look. It's not their fault. No one cares about art history because they don't think it has anything to do with them. There's been a Chicken Little sense of panic lately that seems to be taking hold of a lot of folks, and here's where art history relates: it shows that the sky has always been falling. Generational conflicts and societal upheavals happen ALL. THE. TIME. And we're here, years later. Society goes on in new and beautiful ways (Oh hey! Just like art. Huh...).

An illustration from Paul Galdone's Henny Penny. Image taken from Paul Galdone.
Bear with me. About a 100 years ago people were breaking rules all over the place about what constituted "art", mainly through their subject matter. They painted things that were vulgar and low. Changes in industry meant changes in class and architecture, which artists painted. Then WWI happened, turning the whole world upside do…

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