There's no Need to Understand

Art, whether written, visual, musical, or in any other form, is suffering of neglect. We are like parents who, when our child takes its first steps, says, “Whew! *smacks child on back* another milestone, now, time to work on running *cracks whip*!” without ever appreciating those life-affirming first steps. To translate this to an artistic situation: someone journeys to a museum to see a Mark Rothko painting and upon seeing the Rothko and observing it for less than fifteen seconds says, “I saw the Rothko *checks mental mark* now, let’s see, any Pollocks here?”

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