Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In media res

There is a special border, the border between art and life that often shifts deceptively. Yet, without this border, there is no art. In the process of being produced, art borrows material from life, and the traces of life still shine through the completed work of art. But, at the same time, the distance from life is the essence, the substance of art. And, yet, life has still left its traces. The more scarred the work of art is by the battles waged on the borders between art and life, the more interesting it becomes.

--Anselm Kiefer

Photo credits: (c) Reuters 2010. Copyright controlled. (c) Katherine Frey and Washington Post 2010. Copyright controlled.


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