Artists look for creativity from various influences brought together into their individual identity. Increasingly in jazz, as noticed at the Jazzahead event, political and national identity play an increasing role, especially where agencies are important funders.
Thei is nothing new. As The art historian Niklaus Pevsner wrote, in a lecture series on The Englishness of English Art in 1955: “However much man may be himself, he is also determined by the age in which he lives and the country to which he belongs.”
Likewise, look at the photo of the Last Night of the Proms!
But is the political interference growing? Or perhaps this opinion is overdoing it?
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