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Marc Chagall, Half Past Three (The Poet), 1911, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection
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MEDIOCRE MODERNISM
by Donald Kuspit



So many of the artists in "Marc Chagall and His Circle" at the Philadelphia Museum -- including Marc Chagall himself -- seem stuck between Modernism and Traditionalism, if Traditionalism means making a work that the backward, narrow-minded Many instantly “get” (not always in every subtle detail, but as a “scenic” whole), and if Modernism means making a work only the free thinking, forward-looking Few “get.”

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