Philistine, or What Happens When You Break a Sculpture Hyperallergic Discussion at Artsy “I was a philistine. I had broken the pact that art-lovers make with artists, to see art as art. Not to walk past it, or be one of those people who gaze at it and see only a void, garbage, scams, hipsterism, things that their kids or cats or the past 50 years of praxis have done better. People who are so trying to see through art that they don’t see it at all, much less with curiosity, openness, or understanding…. But I can truly say that I will never think harder about a work’s quiddity, the space it occupies in a room and in time, the fragility of it, the thought and labor the artist put into it. I will never forget it.” Back to Essays & Stories Daniel Berset, Broken Chair (photo: MHM-com/Wikimedia).