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The United States had only been actively engaged in World War II for five months when the American artist Rockwell Kent (1882 1971) felt moved to write about the unique roll an artist must play within democracies at war:

"The art of a democracy must be, like democracy itself, of and by and for the people. It must and will reflect the public mood and public interest...Awareness of America, of its infinitely varied beauties and of its sometimes sordid ugliness; awareness of the life of America, of its fulfillments and its failures; awareness, if you like, of God, the landscape architect supreme - and political failure: of the promise of America and of its problems, art has been, or has aimed to be, a revelation. It is for the right to solve these problems our way that we are now at war."

     



Rockwell Kent: Artists of Democracy (Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1942)

Rockwell Kent: Artists of Democracy (Rob Wagner's Script Magazine, 1942)

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