Medicine is magical and magical is art
by Paul Simon, boy in the bubble

Educators do all in their power to prepare you to enjoy reading after college. It is right that you should read according to your temperament, occupations, hobbies, and vocations. But it is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar, unwilling to explore the unfamiliar. In science, we respect the research worker. In literature, we should not always read the books blessed by the majority. This trend is reflected in such absurd announcements as “the death of the novel,” “the last of the romantics,” “the last of the Bohemians,” when we know that these are continuous trends which evolve and merely change form. The suppression of inner patterns in favor of patterns created by society is dangerous to us. Artistic revolt, innovation, experiment should not be met with hostility. They may disturb an established order or an artificial conventionality, but they may rescue us from death in life, from robot life, from boredom, from loss of the self, from enslavement.

When we totally accept a pattern not made by us, not truly our own, we wither and die. People’s conventional structure is often a façade. Under the most rigid conventionality there is often an individual, a human being with original thoughts or inventive fantasy, which he does not dare expose for fear of ridicule, and this is what the writer and artist are willing to do for us. They are guides and map makers to greater sincerity. They are useful, in fact indispensable, to the community. They keep before our eyes the variations which make human beings so interesting. The men who built America were the genuine physical adventurers in a physical world. This world once built, we need adventurers in the realm of art and science. If we suppress the adventure of the spirit, we will have the anarchist and the rebel, who will burst out from too narrow confines in the form of violence and crime.


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Anaïs Nin 
Simen Johan
Simen Johan
Place (series) #552, 2011
Bill jacobson
Richard Prince 
When I was 15, 1989Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas56 x 48 inches142.2 x 121.9 cm
Nick Mauss
Nick Mauss
John Baldessari at Mariane Goodman
John Baldessari at Mariane Goodman

Gareth Long, ‘Live subtitles’ (2005)

The installation used voice recognition software to cull the voices of the spectators, turning their speech into live captions superimposed on a live video feed.

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Richard Prince 
Untitled (original), 2009One original illustration and one book47 x 39 inches119.4 x 99.1 cm
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I am not creating pictures to make beautiful pictures. Pictures are a by-product of an exploration - a cultural and formal exploration.
by Stephen Shore