The Pendulum Theory of Art and Politics

Teresa Funke

According to the theory, history swings to one direction until it reaches a tipping point and then it swings back.

A Republican candidate may gain the presidency for 4-8 years, and then oftentimes the pendulum swings toward a Democratic candidate, and then back again.

I read once of a pendulum theory regarding the visual arts, too.

If the salesperson’s pendulum swings too much toward prospect meetings, they don’t have time to close deals.

If it swings too much toward closing deals, their prospects dry up.

We swing between making art for art’s sake and making art for money’s sake.

We may even swing in our artistic themes or belief systems.

Categories Art & Architecture Education Philosophy Politics

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