[Ads-l] "All art is propaganda."

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Nov 19 16:04:54 UTC 2014


I think in the Marx quote below "artisan" is 
being used in sense 1 ("A worker in a skilled 
trade, a craftsperson; ..."), not sense 2 ("A 
person who practises or cultivates one of the 
fine arts; an artist. Now rare").  After all, 
artists do not have "work-hardened 
bodies".  :-)  The quote seems to be about the 
brotherhood of workers (unite?), and their propagandistic needs.

Joel

At 11/18/2014 02:37 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:

>This website, which claims to be "(t)he only genuine source of Marx quotes
>on the internet, in which every quote is sourced by a link to the original
>context," has the following:
>
>https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/subject/quotes/
>
>When communist artisans associate with one another, theory, propaganda,
>etc., is their first end. But at the same time, as a result of this
>association, they acquire a new need — the need for society  ” and what
>appears as a means becomes an end. ... the brotherhood of man is no mere
>phrase with them, but a fact of life, and the nobility of man shines upon
>us from their work-hardened bodies.
>
>Marx, Human Needs & the division of Labour (1844)
>
>DanG
>
>On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>wrote:
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> > Surely there is a passage in Marx to similar effect, but where?
> >
> >
> > JL
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
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> > > No editor is mentioned in February or March. W. B. McCormick writes
> > "Notes
> > > of the
> > > Studies and Galleries" in March 1918 though. I agree there is no clear
> > > attribution.
> > >
> > > DanG
> > >
> > > On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
> > > adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > > > Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> > > > > So do we credit the phrase to Guy Pene du Bois?
> > > >
> > > > The statement in 1918 might be labeled a precursor or an actual
> > > > instance of the saying. Entries on QI sometimes trace evolving sayings
> > > > without definitive demarcations.
> > > >
> > > > As to who wrote it. That's an excellent hypothesis, Dan. Guy Pene du
> > > > Bois was the editor of Arts & Decoration and wrote many signed
> > > > articles. His initials G.P.B are appended to the column "Notes of the
> > > > Studies and Galleries" for January 1918
> > > >
> > > > But I do not see any name clearly attached to the "Notes of the
> > > > Studies and Galleries" column of February 1918 that included the
> > > > target quotation.
> > > >
> > > > Garson
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > DanG
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
> > > > > adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > > > >> Subject:      Re: "All art is propaganda."
> > > > >>
> > > > >>
> > > >
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> > > > >> Here is a precursor to Upton Sinclair's statement in 1918 expressed
> > > > >> tentatively instead of emphatically.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Issue Date: February 1918
> > > > >> Periodical: Arts & Decoration
> > > > >> Article: Notes of the Studies and Galleries,
> > > > >> Star Page 165, Quote Page 165,
> > > > >> Publisher: Dexter W. Hewitt at Adam Budge, Inc.
> > > > >> Database: Google Books Full View
> > > > >>
> > > > >>
> > > >
> > >
> > http://books.google.com/books?id=hhbnAAAAMAAJ&q=%22if+all+art%22#v=snippet&
> > > > >>
> > > > >> [Begin excerpt]
> > > > >> Yet we sometimes wonder if all art is not propaganda--political or
> > > > >> spiritual and always egotistic.
> > > > >> [End excerpt]
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Garson
> > > > >>
> > > > >> On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> > > > >> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > > > >> > That occurred to me too, but I don't see a ref. in GB or Hathi.
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> > Prob. Marx said something more prolix.
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> > JL
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> > On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net>
> > > > wrote:
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> > > > >> >> Subject:      Re: "All art is propaganda."
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> > > > >> >> At 11/15/2014 04:57 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> > > > >> >>
> > > > >> >> >Not in YBQ, but it gets 30,000 raw Googlits.  I recently read it
> > > in
> > > > a
> > > > >> >> movie
> > > > >> >> >review.
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >1925 Upton Sinclair _Mammonart_ (Pasadena: pub. by the author)
> > 9:
> > > > All
> > > > >> art
> > > > >> >> >is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda;
> > > > sometimes
> > > > >> >> >unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >Rather a dilute meaning of "propaganda," wouldn't you say? The
> > > > relevant
> > > > >> >> OED
> > > > >> >> >def. is
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >"The systematic dissemination of information, esp. in a biased
> > or
> > > > >> >> >misleading way, in order to promote a political cause or point
> > of
> > > > view.
> > > > >> >> >Also: information disseminated in this way; the means or media
> > by
> > > > which
> > > > >> >> >such ideas are disseminated."
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >Sinclair seems to mean rather that all art exerts some influence
> > > on
> > > > >> >> >beliefs, willy-nilly.  As dothose who repeat the assertion (usu.
> > > > >> without
> > > > >> >> >attribution).
> > > > >> >>
> > > > >> >> Sinclair was a utopian, left-wing, progressive Democrat,
> > Socialist,
> > > > >> >> Wobbly-supporting pinko, wasn't he?  "All art is propaganda" is
> > > > >> >> something I could imagine said by Karl Marx.
> > > > >> >>
> > > > >> >> Joel
> > > > >> >>
> > > > >> >>
> > > > >> >> >Factoid:  Wackipedia calls the book-length essay _Mammonart_ a
> > > > "novel."
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >JL
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >
> > > > >> >> >--
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> > > > >> >> truth."
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