Leon Botstein discussing what art is and whether it has value in society:

Transcribed below, are some of my favourite parts:

“Art is something that transforms the everyday, it transfigures the ordinary…it is the fingerprint of our existence in the world.”

“We get out of art what we put into it.”

“The aesthetics of art deepen the sanctity of life, and as you deepen the sanctity of life; you create some resistence against violence and cruelty.”

“The most important thing about art is the capacity of each human being to make it.”


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