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Discussion of the work of Constantin Bracusi, notes the first appearance of his workin the United States: "Sleeping Muse" at the Armory Show in 1913 (Seldes refers to it as a portrait that looks like an egg). He then goes on to talk about a work he calls "Bird in Flight" (though it seems he is referring to "Bird in Space") and the subsequent law suit. He also mentions a court case that was to define what constituted a work of art.
He also speaks about the perception of modern art in general, and how Brancusi fits into the modern art world. He goes on to talk about a recent full page advertisement written by Huntington Hartford that appeared in the newspaper that attempted to connect modern art to communism. Seldes then speaks of artist George Biddle's response to this accusation. Seldes condemns the press for not responding to this attack on modern art. Seldes also speaks against those who attack progressive education, intellectualism and modernism.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70712
Municipal archives id: LT6560