When I came there, it was a shock to realize that I had to regard art as a serious activity and develop a serious artistic practice. painting and drawing was no longer my hobby, a private activity that I enjoyed. I twas something that had categories. Artists were people who took positions and represented certain social and political attitudes. It was an intense experience to realize this. There was very intense judgement by the students—who is doing something interesting and who is an idiot painting lemons as if he were living in the time of Manet and Cezanne
— Thomas Struth, recalling his days in art school, in “Depth of Field” by Janet Malcolm, New Yorker, Sept. 26, 2011.