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Thoughts on Painting today

A sublime piece of writing on art today, and where painting, in all its grace and presentness, holds consistently steadfast.

But to the extent that the work is ideologically potent, it loses its aesthetic compulsion, its power to hold and demand our visual attention simply by virtue of its sensible characteristics and arrangement. If the work is truly drenched in interests and ideology, then its authenticity is parasitic on our agreeing with the interests and values the work promotes. All this will drum the work itself out of sight and into reflection.

J.M Bernstein – Against Voluptuous Bodies: Art, Objecthood, and Anthropomorphism 2006.

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