"Paintings, like poetry or music, are essential nutrients that help people sustain healthy lives. They’re not recreational pleasures or sidelines. They are tools that help us grasp the diversity of the world and its history, and explore the emotional capacities with which we navigate that world. They illuminate, they humble, they nurture, they inspire. They teach us to use our eyes and to know ourselves by knowing others."
Beautifully written by Roberta Smith in the introduction to the article "A World of Paintings in One City," in today's New York Times Weekend Arts section. And an eloquent thought to finish this year with and start anew in 2011. Happy New Year!