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The American Scholar: Curtains - William Deresiewicz

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Great audiences give rise to great artists, but the inverse can also be true. “Every great artist creates the taste by which he is appreciated”: something that can certainly be said of Balanchine and Cunningham. As Wordsworth wrote to Coleridge, “What we have loved, / Others will love, and we will teach them how.” The artists of the future are going to have to do this, too, and they will have their work cut out for them.