A New Way of Seeing Art
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A New Way of Seeing Art

William Middleton Tim Walker “Double Vision” William Middleton Knopf, $40 It is hard to imagine a time when works by artists like Max Ernst or Joseph Cornell were seen as inscrutable. Magritte is now a 20th-century old master, as is Andy Warhol. And while Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, and Robert Rauschenberg along with Clyfford Still may continue to befuddle an uninitiated museum visitor, there is rarely the shock of the new. Big pictures in huge white cube galleries are what we expect. We are thrilled when an art museum is naturally lit. We crave not to be forced to see an artist’s oeuvre marching to chronology. We want our curators to delight us as well as dissect our preconceived notions about what we are seeing and what we are feeling. We want the visual arts to transport us into multilayers of mysticism. Art is life and love. Art can heal. Art can offend. This whole aesthetic of looking at and learning about art was a formulated lifestyle that started with the marriage of Dominique Schlumberger and John (Jean) de Menil in Paris on May 9, 1931. The culmination of their theories, in many ways, was the opening […]

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