"Art is not in pictures alone."

I just happened across this bit in Robert Henri’s “The Art Spirit”:

Art is not in pictures alone. It’s place is in everything, as much in one thing as another. It is up to the community as a whole, in conduct, business, government and play.
We will never have an art America until this is understood, and when this idea is really understood it will bring us about as near the millennium as we can hope to get.

“The Art Spirit” was published first in 1923. Recently we have come through a millennium, but still lack that understanding. This, of course, is the least of Americas worries in the toddling years of our new century.

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