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Good Fragment II 


Tuesday, December 28, 2004

"Western arts has moved away from such relatively closed texts towards so-called ‘polysemic’ works, works open to a plurality of meanings...

Viewers facing a relatively open text confront two possibilities. They can utilize to the full their freedom to decide their own interpretations. Alternatively, if faced with too great a range of possible meanings, or simply unwilling or unable to make the effort, they can abdicate their freedom of decision in favour of a meaning established by a recognised elite of decoders (or art critics) who do their work for them."

From Becoming Mona Lisa: the Making of a Global Icon by Donald Sassoon (page 13)

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