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Faking It

Philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on original art that is sincere and truthful, but hard to achieve, as opposed to the easier but fake art that appeals to many critics today.

Philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on the difference between original art that is genuine, sincere and truthful, but hard to achieve, and the easier but fake art that he says appeals to many critics today.

He argues that original artists from Beethoven and Baudelaire to Picasso and Pound tower above those contemporary artists whose pieces push fake emotion - and who, by focusing on avoiding cliche, end up cliches themselves.

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

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Sun 7 Dec 2014 08:48

A Point of View: Has modern art exhausted its power to shock?

A Point of View: Has modern art exhausted its power to shock?

Modern art's desire to shock and to defy cliche has become a cliche in itself, and spawned a culture of fakery, argues Roger Scruton.

Read Roger Scruton's article on the BBC News website

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