In art, does education blind us to the truth?

Neo-Primordial Art of Chad Swanson

I’ve always been quite fascinated with the William Blake quote,

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

The  idea that social construction, either by culture or education, could blind someone to possibilities was a theme that seemed to have been picked up by Pablo Picasso when he said,

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” 

It was also an idea that inspired Kasimir Malevich to produce a manifesto for Suprematism, which was basically Abstract Expressionism. According to Malevich,

“Suprematism is the rediscovery of pure art which, in the course of time, had become obscured by the accumulation of “things.”

Ironically, the idea that education somehow prevents us from seeing has filtered into…

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