Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts.
Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.
Write your answer in 240–280 words in an appropriate style.
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The Art World
Most developments in art have tended to be confined to ‘the art world’—the people who create it, buy it, exhibit it and write about it. The majority of the public might have heard of the major artists of the day, and they were familiar with the names and most famous works of a select few of the ‘great artists’, but beyond that, by and large they took little interest in art. But modern art has changed all that, provoking fierce debate in the public arena about its merits, or more commonly, its alleged lack of them. It’s been a hot topic for a while now, with the same, predictable views trotted out by both sides of the argument.[/one_half]
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The Modern Art Debate
Modern art certainly tends to polarise opinion. On the one hand are its cheerleaders, rejoicing in the breaking of barriers, the extension of what can legitimately be considered ‘art’, the ‘challenging’ nature of much of it, the freedom of expression exhibited by its creators. At the opposite end of the spectrum, its critics dismiss most of it as not really art at all but instead a kind of confidence trick, whereby people of little or no talent fool a gullible art world into praising and, perhaps more importantly, paying for works that are in the cold light of day actually worthless in every sense.[/one_half_last]
You have seen a notice in an English-speaking magazine that contains news, information and reviews about various aspects of the arts (music, films, plays, books, etc), asking for people to contribute reviews and/or articles to the website. You decide to volunteer to write for the magazine. Write a letter to the editor, offering to write for the magazine, saying what you would like to write, and explaining why you are interested in and capable of writing for the magazine.
Write your letter in 280–320 words in an appropriate style.