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There exists a misconception that to appreciate art, you must understand it.

2nd September, 2006

There exists a misconception that to appreciate art, you must understand it. Sean Scully sets the record straight: ‘‘Art does not need to make sense or to function or to demonstrate any particular idea.

“It testifies to the beauty of imperfect human thought and action muddled up with feeling.”

The quote is the opening salvo in Sean Scully: Resistance and Persistence, a collection of his writings, brilliantly edited by Florence Ingleby,...

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