I keep hoping I'll win a contest where the prize is to live in an art museum for as long as I want. You can keep the Grand Canyon or views from the Empire State Building. When it comes to experiencing awe, Sir Thomas More's beard stubble in Hans Holbein's portrait,
the eerie shade of blue in Giovanni Bellini's "St. Francis in the Desert"
blow me away.
The centuries-old universal impulse to create, to attend to the finest details of craftsmanship, to pursue an obsession (think Claude Monet and his water lilies) never fail to intrigue me.
What inspired the Peruvian artist to gather, dye, and arrange feathers for a purely aesthetic purpose?
Who fashioned this exquisite fan, turning a practical item into an object of beauty?
Whatever possessed Marcel Duchamp to cover a cup, saucer, and spoon with fur?