Saturday, April 01, 2006

I was there for the afternoon session. It was interesting to watch.

The interesting question raised by the second piece regards the debate between intellectual history and connoisseurship. I don't pit one ideal against the other (and I don't defend people who own enough to start their own museum). I defend both connoisseurship and history against intellectual ideals of synchronic analysis that render the meanings within rather than behind formalized communication as secondary elements.
There are no ideas outside form.

It's hard to say what work functions as art and what merely as illustration, but it should be easy enough to understand that they do different things.

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