Reading John Berger

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I have spent time lately reading John Berger’s Selected Essays (ed. Geoff Dyer). It is a treasure trove of gems. Here, an excerpt from an essay entitled “White Bird:”

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“Art does not imitate nature, it imitates a creation, sometimes to propose an alternative world,    sometimes simpy to amplify, to confirm, to make social the brief hope offered by nature.  Art is an organized response to what nature allows us to glimpse occasionally. Art sets out to transform the potential recognition into an uneasing one.  It proclaims man in the hope of receiving a surer reply . . . the transcendental face of art is always a form of prayer.”

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