Art has a habit of overlooking what is. The ongoing desire to do something different blinds us to the reality of life and that which already exists. Only a few artists are capable of restricting them selves simply to revealing the reality of our existence to us
Boris Groys, interview in Who is an Artist
Under Stalin the dream of the avant-garde was in fact fulfilled and the life of society was organised in monolithic artistic forms, though of course not those that the avant-garde itself had favoured.
Boris Groys, The Total Art of Stalinism