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New life for art

'Most disturbing of all,' wrote The Times in a leader headed 'The Pollution of Culture', 'are the symptoms of despair among artists... Only a society in deep despair about itself would accept the hostility to meaning of some of the artists of the 1960's. Painters, musicians, actors, authors and other artists from both West and East Europe met at Caux during the1970 MRA World Assembly to explore man's predicament in this society and the possibility of a renewal of the arts. In New Life for Art they contend that it is possible to renew society itself. This starts with the renewal of the artist as he takes up his mission as surgeon, prophet and priest for this age.'