Plato said that in utopia you wouldn't need art anymore; art is about fantasied or fake utopias and that you can have real utopia here and now if you let go of fake ideas of utopia. Plato gave the most cogent apology for abstract art that I've ever read: "I will try to talk of the beauty of shapes, and I do not mean the shapes of living figures or their imitation in painting. I mean straight lines and curves and the shapes made by them. These are always beautiful in themselves and give a pleasure quite free from the itch of desire." 

William Anastasi

William Anastasi b. 1933

William Anastasi is a pioneer in the Conceptual, Minimalist, and Process art movements of the 1960s. His interdisciplinary approach to art incorporates drawing, sound, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations and interventions and is meditative and philosophical in its dealings with everyday life, materials, objects and spaces.

Anastasi was born in Philadelphia in 1933 and attended his first art class at the age of twelve; he says that from his earliest memory, he has been drawing every day. His mother, an immigrant to the United States from Italy by way of Algeria, instilled a daunting challenge in Anastasi at a young age, when she stated that "of course the best thing anyone could be in this world is an artist." Since then, an anxiety around this provocation has spurred his limitless curiosity into the validity of the art object, the creative process and the ego of the artist.