Sunday, 9 May 2010

Barnes Burner

So be it, Barnes burner. There’s only one Argyrol rule this lower-case culture pusher insists on: We must seek modern equivalents of his having had his own factory workers study art on the clock. Ask Penn’s Peter Conn to devise encounters such that new teachers could explain art the way his English majors do— as practice teachers in a nearby high school before they’re qualified. Press doctoral candidates to devise station-break critiques of local art, the way Roger Clipp and Tom Jones let me do it in the 1960s at WFIL-TV.

Art is too important to be monopolized by the rich. The poor need it more.

Patrick D. Hazard
Weimar, Germany
April 16, 2010

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