Saturation

michael fried on how to consider the work of art.

Josef Albers, Color Study for Homage to the Square, 1963.

A work of art is permeable to the world. Let’s go further, it’s saturated by the world, by history, by modes of meaningfulness—that’s a much more productive way to think about it…

— Michael Fried, quoted in Jarrett Earnest’s What It Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics

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