Every art is really a miniature

When Claude Lévi-Strauss was a child, his father, Raymond Lévi-Strauss, a portraitist and genre painter whose works were exhibited in the Salons de Paris in the early part of the twentieth century, gave his son a Japanese etching. The young boy used it to adorn the bottom of a box. Later, when he was old enough to be given pocket-money, he would spend it on miniature items of furniture bought from a Parisian shop called The Pagoda. Little by little, he assembled, in his box, a miniature Japanese house.
                                                                                             – Boris Weisman, Lévi-Strauss, Anthropology, and Aesthetics

“…the intrinsic value of a small-scale model is that it compensates for the renunciation of sensible dimensions by the acquisition of intelligible dimensions.” 
                                                                                             – Claude Levi-Strauss, The Savage Mind

“Every art is really a miniature, and when the earth itself becomes a miniature you can reverse it.  You can look at a grain of sand as a gigantic boulder; it’s just how you want to view it in terms of your scale sense.  And that is why scale is one of the key issues, in terms of art.”

                                                                                             – Robert Smithson, interview, 1969

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