The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It's not something that committees can do. It's not a task achieved by groups or by movements. It's done by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history and an experience of the world.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Goodbye, Robert Hughes
Robert Hughes, whom Jonathan Jones justifiably calls the greatest art critic of our time, passed away on August 6. From his book The Shock of the New: