As Thiebaud puts it: “To call everything art is an obfuscation for the students and fails to clarify what we’re trying to get at as painters. Painting is concrete, but art is abstract. I don’t think we know what art is. But we know a lot about painting.”

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Meanwhile, some painting professors enjoy the collapse of any shared convictions that painting has universal or core knowledge.

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Gone is the idea that painting is understood only by groping one’s way to imperfect meaning through poetic expressions or universally understood metaphysical ideas.

http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2016/03/laurie-fendrich-how-critical-thinking.html