When Is Art Beautiful? When Is It Just Boring?

When Is Art Beautiful? When Is It Just Boring?

By Robert Loss

To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens. 10 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

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To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens.

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