A recent short piece by Barry Schwabsky on Ad Reinhardt struck an obscure chord in me. Obscure because so far it’s private. He suggests that Reinhardt’s most cherished ideals and his greatest ambition for art are unrealizable, and he knew it. But this is another way of saying that Reinhardt was an original. I thought that was what an artist was supposed to be – but then that makes a mess of the ideals, at least for the culture at large.


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