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On page 62 of the catalogue accompanying the Cezanne exhibit is this
quotation from Hans Seldmayr, dated 1956:
"As to art, some time perhaps a very long time, may have to elapse
before the empty place in the midst of its world can be filled --
and if indeed it is to be filled, we must keep alive the thought that
in the lost centre the empty throne awaits the perfect man."
One may choose to see that contemporary art, and all of us involved in art,
are keeping alive the thought, and that that is enough.
In this context, the issue of "good art" is secondary. What is necessary
is to HAVE art. Ultimately, Cezanne's [or your choice's] successor will
emerge and move art to its next level.
Given this perspective, one can value the work of the contemporary artist
as a contribution to the continuum, and not feel compelled to respond to
the hype or commercialism that earns so much attention from the art