“Looking, making, thinking, experiencing are our starting point. Art opens worlds, lets us see invisible things, create new models for thinking, engages in cryptic public, invent cosmologies, explore consciousness, makes mental maps and taxonomies others can see, and isn’t only something to look at but is something that does things and sometimes makes the mysterious magic of the world palpable. Proust wrote, “Narrating events is like introducing people to opera via the libretto only.” Instead, he said, one should “endeavour to distinguish between the differing music of each successive day.” That’s what we do when we look at art, wherever we look at it, however much noise surrounds it. In galleries we try to discern “differing music,” and it’s still there right now. I love and long for it.” 

Jerry Saltz, “Saltz on the Death of the Gallery Show,” Vulture, November 3, 2013, accessed December 23, 2014, http://www.vulture.com/2013/03/saltz-on-the-death-of-art-gallery-shows.html.

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