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Christoph Urer, “Apollo and Daphne” (c.1580). Pen and black ink with brown washes on cream paper, 218 x 190 mm. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. (Image via Web Gallery of Art)

The Great Merge: after last week’s news that Comcast intends to swallow Time Warner Cable, the Corcoran Gallery of Art announced that it will be subsumed by the National Gallery, and Facebook is throwing $19 billion at WhatsApp. With sum that, as David Gelles writes in The New York Times, Facebook “could have acquired companies like United ContinentalBest Buy or Sony.”

“I always said that mega-mergers were for megalomaniacs.”

—David Ogilvy

“I see no reason why the artistic world can’t absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can’t we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images?”

—William S. Burroughs

“We don’t know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don’t understand our name at all, we don’t know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.”

—Milan Kundera

“If men at forty will be painting lakes
The ephemeral blues must merge for them in one,
The basic slate, the universal hue.”

—Wallace Stevens

“If Max [Beaverbrook] gets to heaven he won’t last long. He will be chucked out for trying to pull off a merger between heaven and hell… after having secured a controlling interest in key subsidiaries companies of both places, of course.”

—H.G. Wells, on British press tycoon Baron Max Beaverbrook

“Vision connects you. But it also separates you. In my work, and my life, I feel a desire to merge. Not in terms of losing my own identity… but there’s a feeling that life is interconnected, that there’s life in stones and rocks and trees and dirt, like there is in us.”

—Bill Viola

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