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Collaboration and Originality

I’ve had a number of reasons lately to consider the question of originality in art. One of my favorite metaphors is the idea of watching Rembrandt painting a portrait. He hands me the brush and says, “See what it does?” As though the brilliance of the work is due to the tool rather than the artist. And yet, what would he do without brushes? Perhaps use his fingers or a stick or some other medium, but that would result in a very different kind of work. The medium may or may not be the message, but it’s hard to send a message without a medium. So clearly the tools we use can have a profound influence the work we create. But we seldom credit the toolmaker. And this is appropriate, since it’s the vision of the artist that causes her to select a tool and to use it in some original way. While the making . . . → Read More: Collaboration and Originality

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