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fleg: wonderful article and I am very looking forward to the vid. Thanks.

david rub think: I love Keynes and very much understood that he was making a metaphor. A metaphor about economics, consumption, and not art. And it is crucial to hear the high arch satirical in his voice! FUNNY people. Crucial economic point (but why, WHY are two pots of jam next week worth more than one pot today for some people, but by no means all?)

Back to art!

From a deep short article by Leon Wiesentier "Flaking Paint and Blemishes"

bolding and italics by david fb:
I stood before The Great Piece of Turf, Dürer’s heart-stopping watercolor of 1503, in the National Gallery. It depicts only a homely clump of grass, with plantain and dandelion, in a muddy patch of dirt. This picture is a miracle not only of the artist’s hands, but also of the artist’s eyes. When Dürer saw those weeds, he saw the occasion for an apotheosis of naturalism in Western art. In the marginal he perceived the monumental. ...but would we have marveled also at what it shows? We, who are always still learning to see, would not even have noticed it. It was dull, after all, until Dürer demonstrated that it was exciting.

The Great Piece of Turf is a masterpiece of the morality of noticing, a genuinely thrilling example of the redemption of the unperceived world by perception. Realism in art is not like realism elsewhere. In art, realism, too, is an accomplishment of the imagination. What is imagined is the world as it really is; or the world as it would appear if it were totally visible, or if we were totally able to see it.

That is what visual art is for me -- lessons in seeing. I did not get it until i was relatively old -- 43, and I came around a corner and saw Max Beckmann's Self Portrait with Horn from 1938. I barely moved for an hour.

Then I turned a corner and saw his The Argonauts,

and then stared at it (with breaks for the eyes) for hours and was finally empathically thrown out by the guards (they accepted my behavior as quite normal in their world) as they started locking the last doors.

I was blind, and now I see. Then came so many more.

And with that I find it very suitable to join in the words of the other thread and say Happy New Year! and may the Gates of Heaven stay open to hear our cries and prayers, but more importantly, may the Angels of Perception come forth and scrub out our 5 senses and refresh out Morality of Noticing.

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