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Ideas that add up #220

… the other thing I would say is, that if you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #210

Benjamin discusses the many ways that loss of aura affects an art object: it undermines authenticity, jeopardizes the object’s authority, shatters tradition, diminishes the importance of ritual, and perhaps most important, “the quality of its presence is always depreciated”. This … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #201

In their book Art and Fear, David Bayles and Ted Orland tell of a ceramics teacher who announced on the opening day of class that he was dividing the students into two groups. Half were told that they would be … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #155

Anyone curious about the experiences underpinning Carrington’s wildly imaginative paintings will find some of the clues in this packed and sprawling novel. “I want to experience myself as enormous, powerful and beautiful,” she pleads with Leduc in a moment of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #128

I found myself wondering whether I was just wandering around a huge gallery full of fakes, or shadows, or ghosts of art works. Then I thought…when you see them in their original setting, a lot of other thoughts are taking … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #88

When we look at Vermeer’s servant girl pouring a jug of milk, or a goblet of wine and a herring by Pieter Claesz, we now take for granted that ordinary acts and objects may be intensely charged with sublimity. But … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #15

Ideas that add up #15 For all its perceived foreignness, the Armory Show was born of the characteristically New York idea that good art came in a variety of eccentric forms, and that people should be able to see it … Continue reading

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