Web tour: Boston Sunday Globe: First impressions

Yin Yu Tang at the Peabody Essex Museum, a destination cited by Smee

It’s Tuesday, and as usual I’m still sampling the Sunday paper. Over breakfast I read Sebastian Smee’s “In praise of first impressions” about the rewards of an open mind when viewing art. He suggests we approach art as a discovery, in much the same spirit as the art was produced. Smee writes, “It’s easy to forget…that artists – at least the best ones – create things not because they know stuff and want to tell us about it, but precisely because they don’t know stuff, and want to explore that state of not knowing, to feel it out, to prod it, isolate it, and reconnect it with other kinds of experience.” Touché.

by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast