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Letter from London: Who Gets To Call It Art?

from Art21 Blog, posted over 5 years ago
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The Contemporary Art World, yesterday

The Contemporary Art World, yesterday

It is possible to read the Court’s opinion … in a variety of ways. In saying this, I imply no criticism of the Court, which in those cases was faced with the task of trying to define what may be indefinable … I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.

Justice Potter Stewart, Jacobellis vs Ohio, 1964

What does contemporary art look like? What a ridiculous question! It doesn’t look like anything, does...

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