The functions of art

Fairfield Porter, Self-Portrait

Fairfield Porter, Self-Portrait

“What we’re worried about forgetting … tends to be quite particular. It isn’t just anything about a person or scene that’s at stake; we want to remember what really matters, and the people we call good artists are, in part, the ones who appear to have made the right choices about what to communicate and what to leave out. … We might say that good artwork pins down the core of significance, while its bad counterpart, although undeniably reminding us of something, lets an essence slip away. It is an empty souvenir.”

“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.”

Alain de Botton

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