where is the art?

“Well, then, the works themselves stand and hang in collections
and exhibitions. But are they here in themselves as the works they
themselves are, or are they not rather here as objects of the art
industry? Works are made available for public and private art
appreciation. Official agencies assume the care and maintenance of
works. Connoisseurs and critics busy themselves with them. Art
dealers supply the market. Art-historical study makes the works the
objects of a science. Yet in all this busy activity do we encounter
the work itself?”

Martin Heidegger, Poetry, language, thought, 1971

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