Michael Kammen

Book Review: A History of Art Made to Shock

February 12, 2007
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Edgar Degas once said that painting should be akin to committing a crime. And many Americans saw creation of some of the most important works of American art as just that—roguish, cunning and wicked—in short, criminal. Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture  by Michael Kammen. Penguin Random House, 480 pages, $18.…

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