As for the language of the art world — “International Art English” — I think obfuscation was part of its purpose, to protect what in fact was probably a fairly simple philosophical point, to keep some sort of mystery around it.

There was a fear that if it was made understandable, it wouldn’t seem important.

Grayson Perry, in conversation with Brian Eno, in the current edition (1-7 Nov) of the New Statesman.  I haven’t been able to find an online version of this article, which is a shame. Great conversation that ranges from the nature of art to the universality of beauty, the artistic process, and kinky sex. I’ll post the whole thing once they put it online.