"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When reporting on the infamous New York School of abstract expressionist painters in 1947, art critic Clement Greenberg pondered, "What can fifty do against one hundred and forty million?" It wasn't so much an entire population stacked against a band of radical painters that Greenberg was contemplating. Rather, it was 140 million Americans essentially ignoring a movement that would eventually change the face of art.
The U.S. population has more than doubled in the fifty-plus years since Jackson Pollock dripped his way onto the cover of
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