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Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.
David Salle's paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Galerie Berlin and many others. His book How to See is a collection of essays, mainly on the work of other artists, that delves deep into questions about how art is made and what happens when we experience it.

 

In this episode, David and Jason wrestle with questions like why there are no bad cave paintings, whether or not Francis Bacon's work is "decorative," and why it's impossible to say anything really prescriptive about how to make art. 

Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode: Dave Evans on prototyping in design, Alva Noë on art as a "strange tool", and Julian Schnabel on art and the internet

 

David Salle Quote: David Salle: Where is the student work of the cave painters? Every cave painting you’ve ever seen is fabulous. There’s never any bad cave painting. There must have been some cave where they did the trial runs, which they walled up and will never be found.   Jason Gots: Do you think it’s possible that somehow in our infancy as a species we were closer to what we think of as animals, even though we are animals of course . . . free of those layers of self-reflection that might cause us to require a student period?   David Salle: Who knows? Quite possibly. I’m not a cognitive scientist or an anthropologist, but sure…nice to think that that would be the animal version of making art.

 

 

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