TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE ART OF EDUCATION

1. “Ignorance is a treasure of infinite price” (Paul Valéry). Most of us have a lot to unlearn.

2. Key artists who are also great teachers are rare. Find them, and much else will follow.

They don’t need to agree on anything and should represent only themselves.

3. Wonderful things can happen between disciplines, but you don’t need to tear down the walls. There are doors. (Just leave them unlocked.)

4. Something happens to a thing when it is displayed. An art school is not an exhibition, but students should be close to exhibitions.

5. Food can be as important as philosophy; the best teaching may happen during meals. (A good canteen is helpful.)

6. Money is not evil, but don’t forget: There are much more exciting things than a sold work of art. Is the ideal school a monastery or a bazaar? Yes.

7. There is never just one way to do art. John Baldessari and Thomas Bayrle (my heroes) have shown this

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