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their work. Tracing the lineage of this idea through the ancient and Christian traditions of art up to the political art of the early twentieth century, Groys argues that this function of art requires a common language between artist and audience within which the artist can evoke the authentic. It was an idea of shared language and values that came under attack by the modernist avant-garde who sought to produce work that was actively disliked by the public, a form of counter-message to the shared assumptions of religious and political ‘big collectivities’. As