“The only history you can really know is your own. The only art I am truly an expert on I’ve experienced firsthand. As a critic, I am partly research analyst, comparing and evaluating new data.
But I’m also a curator of my memory, which carries traces of art encounters from over the years.
A few of those encounters–with certain objects, books, buildings –have altered the atmosphere, changed how I see and joined a permanent collection that I regularly revisit.”
~ Holland Carter, August 5, 2014, NY Times
After just finishing “The Goldfinch”, by Donna Tartt, let’s just say I have been steeped in the idea of how deeply art affects an individual, and why.
Cotter’s article, in essence, asks the question: What works of art have changed you?
This had me musing and remembering the first time I viewed a particular painting,
and “got it”.
It was the direct experience of this painting that kindled a fire of knowing
how art moves and matters.
de Young Museum San Francisco
So, now I ask you, dear reader,
to share about what art experiences have shaped you?