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What is art? The September issue of the Brooklyn Rail

Last summer, Phong Bui offered me the chance to serve as the guest art editor for the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail.  The role brings with it a task: to pose a question.  I asked: what is art?  The … Continue reading

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Amy Lowell’s definition of art

Amy Lowell was among the inventers and leading practitioners of Imagism, America’s first modernist literary movement.  In 1917 she wrote, “Art, true art, is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to … Continue reading

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A definition of art

Setting aside, for now, all questions about the need for a definition of art, I’ll note only that there is no point in trying to say what art is.  A definition of art must begin–and maybe it would end–with an … Continue reading

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