The Rules of Good Taste

Photo credit: Douglas Friedman
Photo credit: Douglas Friedman

Is taste just a social construct? The aesthetic dictates of a ruling class? Or is it a gift bestowed upon us by those with a superpower for seeing beauty (whatever that is)? Are you born with it, or is it something you can acquire? One thing’s for sure: You can’t buy it for all the money in the world.

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Photo credit: Douglas Friedman
Photo credit: Douglas Friedman

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Photo credit: Barry Blitt
Photo credit: Barry Blitt

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Photo credit: 1stdibs.com

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Photo credit: Gabriel Olsen - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gabriel Olsen - Getty Images

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Photo credit: NIKOLAS KOENIG/OTTO (MINIMALISM); MAX VADUKUL (MAXIMALISM)
Photo credit: NIKOLAS KOENIG/OTTO (MINIMALISM); MAX VADUKUL (MAXIMALISM)

Not Even Mozart?

Is nothing really objectively excellent?

Photo credit: Barry Blitt
Photo credit: Barry Blitt

Expert Wisdom

13 artists, performers, and critics on the subject of taste.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Cover image photographed by Douglas Friedman. Styled by Matthew Marden. Illustrations by Barry Blitt.

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