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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 05:44 pm
All art is quite useless.
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 06:44 pm
@xstephzonx,
It could mean several things. For example, it could be a humorous version of the belief that art should be evaluated in terms of its internal and formal features rather than in terms of its function. In this sense, it is a sort of paraphrase of Kant, who defined aesthetic beauty as that which appeared to have "purposenesss without purpose."

Or it could be a way of saying that art is largely a luxury item for the materially affluent. That is one of the themes of the book from which the quote is taken, after all.
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 07:47 pm
@xstephzonx,
What it says. It has no use at all.
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