These days we are hard-wired as cultural consumers to look for meaning and significance in everything we do. Electronic media, television, even old-fashioned magazines and newspapers demand it of us, and we consume trivia as ‘news’, however spurious or vacuous it may be. It stands to reason, therefore, that we often look on this surface for meaning and significance in art, too. But this is really doing it a disservice.
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