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Week 8

It was interesting to learn during my visit to the current "Cézanne and Beyond" exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that Paul Cézanne claimed that he painted without concern for art critics. I thought that this emphasis on artistic motivation tied in with Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation." Sontag might have thought that the comparisons between other artists, such as Ellsworth Kelly, and Cézanne were an example of defending art. Although Kelly is a well-known artist, his abstract works may be challenging to interpret and he might benefit from an association with Cézanne's established paintings. Maybe Kelly is an example of Sontag's "overcooperative author"? 


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