chapter  9
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Symbols of the Sublime?

Harold Rosenberg said of the painter Barnett Newman that'painting was a way of practicing the sublime, not of finding symbols for it'. Practicing the sublime meant making art which was capable 'of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality../1

It is not too extravagant to say that what we experience as a revelation, religiously speaking, is the in-breaking of the sublime into our everyday, practical, lives. Can a work of art be a revelation in this sense? And if so what counts as 'the sublime'?