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Ayn Rand’s Theory of Art

Did you know that Ayn Rand had a theory of art? No? Neither did I! But I discovered it recently, thanks to a tip from painter Abigail Markov. It’s encapsulated in the hefty 539-page treatise What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand, written and compiled by Louis Torres and Michelle Marder Kamhi. And while I didn’t buy the book — no, I couldn’t quite bring myself to do that — I did have a chance to read excerpted bits from the book as well as chapter summaries online. I’d like to share with you, dear reader, some of the key takeaways.

Ayn Rand has a theory on art. Prepare yourselves.

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  8. khratko reblogged this from hyperallergic and added:
    I really really want this.
  9. nraofficial reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Well Ayn Rand’s a boring dumb bitch so
  10. occidorien reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    I can’t help thinking she was a very unhappy woman.
  11. tomfjord reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    As if I couldn’t dislike Ayn Rand anymore.
  12. dianagonalley reblogged this from angstravaganza and added:
    Ayn Rand, taunting us from the grave.
  13. coleoptera-kinbote reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Once again Ayn Rand’s opinions fall in line in terms of complexity and maturity with those of your average 15 year old...
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  15. itheroyalwe reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Oh, Ayn.
  16. love-letters-from-despondency reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    I dare say a discussion between her and Clement Greenberg would’ve been interesting…if not at least amusing!
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  18. onehundreddollars reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Basically her “new and radical” approach to art theory was that anything new and radical wasn’t art.
  19. reluctantlyromantic reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Well her theory of art is just as limited as her economic/social theories. Color me shocked.
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  22. madmothmiko reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    [Takes a deep breath]…..Fuck Ayn Rand….[Drops mic]
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  24. seaready reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Why am I laughing? Ayn Rand, your earnestness cracks me up. Loosen up, gal.
  25. nowoliviapryor reblogged this from sfmoma and added:
    Ohh boy, this is fun.