Is it in early Islamic art at the end of the first ten Christian centuries, when late classical Greco-Roman, ancient Near Eastern, and Central Asian art forms become neo-archaicized, medievalized, puritanized, Islamicized, and neo-classicized, that we can see, for the first time, a sequence of series of art forms evolving into existence, free from interferences of images, meanings, users, etc. and taking their own good time and timelessness about it?

from ART VS. HISTORY, Art News, January 1966.

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