Art

What is Art? (Part III)

Paul Klee’s Bauhaus studio resembled a magician’s workshop. Plato would not have been surprised; art was deception, the artist a conjurer. Klee believed in many worlds, or levels of reality. Jeffrey Howe calls these the “unseen world of ghosts, somnambulists and witches” (in Paul Klee. Philosophical Vision: from Nature to Art, edited by John Sallis. McMullen Museum of Art. Boston College. The University of Chicago Press. 2012:184). His art was an attempt, in Klee’s words, to make visible these worlds. It remained just as enigmatic as his writing. Because he was attempting to uncover, through his art, the essence of…

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