Arthur Danto, "The Abuse of Beauty"

Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimus, 1950-51. Oil on canvas, 7′ 11″ x 17′ 9″ [… on Barnett Newman in the beginning here] “What Newman aspired to instill through such paintings as Vir Heroicus Sublimis is wonder and awe at ourselves as here. I cannot help but think that the concept Newman required was that of Heidegger’s central notion, Dasein — of being-there, aware of being there. “But there is another way of thinking about this that I find magnificently expressed in an answer given by the great Russian novelist, Vladimir Nabokov, when an interviewer asked him if he was surprised…