September 2013

CLOSE-UP: DOOM AND BLOOM

Beau Rutland

IT MAY SEEM RETARDATAIRE, but I’d like to have an intimate, lifelong relationship with an artwork, becoming so familiar with it that the effects of aging stand out against my memories of our initial acquaintance. Even those who don’t share this ambition are likely to agree that happening upon an artwork that has been too exuberantly restored or conserved can elicit …

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