Was José Ortega y Gasset correct?
In this follow-up piece to a review, I assess how accurate Gasset's 1925 essay "The Dehumanization of Art" was.
Following my book review, we should consider in which ways Gasset was correct (with regard to the essays under consideration), we have to take into account that the era of Modernism is now past. We exist in a persistent series of reverberations that comprise Post-Modernism and whatever the new state may be called. For 50 years we have inhabited an ante-room to the main theatre, receiving tales of great deeds. We are approaching a stage where none of us has spoken to a great artist or seen a newly made work of art that has greatness. The radical innovations that Gasset wrote of – and ones he could not have anticipated – are now the cornerstones of a great temple that has been complete since before any of us were born.