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February 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

A WORK OF ART is not absolute and autonomous; it’s human, made by an individual for presentation to a world that may embrace or dismiss it, or do neither exactly, or both in turn.  To state the obvious: artists and their art exist within a network of circumstances, implicating families, lovers, patrons, pals, collectors, critics, hangers-on, dealers, scholars, institutions, governments.  The particulars of the context are no substitute for the art itself, but we are curious about them nonetheless - and for good reason.  They situate the artist, complement the art and enlarge our understanding of both.
    

Smithsonian
    Lawrence M. Small


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