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James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl
Tate, London
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Asia on My Mind
by Donald Kuspit

Asia has not relied on the vagaries of genius, but on training: she would regard with equal suspicion "stars" and amateurs. She knows diversities of skill among professionals, as apprentice or master, and likewise the products of different ateliers, provincial or courtly: but that anyone should practice art as an accomplishment, whether skillfully or otherwise, would seem ridiculous. Art is a function of the social order, not an ambition.