Of course, in dreaming of arriving on butterfly wings, Bonnard could
not have known that young artists in the year 2006 would operate in a
commonplace world of budget air travel, proliferating art fairs and
museums for contemporary art, where peripatetic pilgrims encounter
endless objects once and mostly never again. This, the artist and
writer Art Spiegelman pointed out to me recently, may be the biggest
change in art during the last half-century or so: that more and more
artists make works they never expect will be lived with, looked at day
in, day out by the same person; that much art is made for fairs or
museums, designed to grab a distracted passerby’s attention without
needing to be experienced twice.
Here is the story, which is about the new Bonnard exhibit in Paris.