|Don’s Comb, scünci Firm and Flexible ®, Walgreens, 2010|
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
They stretched in a never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay;
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Wassily Kandinsky, Circles in a Circle, 1923, PMA,
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Mineralogie, fabrique de la poudre a canon,
1770, Hagley Library
Another way to think about this is to consider the arrangement of the collection of paintings, antique furniture, ironwork, and other objects in the Barnes Foundation. Dr. Barnes does include everyday things and manufactured things in the collection. However, the aesthetic content of these objects are in the objects; their meaning does not result from the fact that Barnes collected them and placed them in his galleries. In other words, there is “art in” them.
High-Back Windsor Armchair (Comb-Back Armchair), 1750-70, American, PMA
Duchamp, Comb,1916, PMA, © 2011 Artists Right Society (ARS),