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Thank you for your kind and encouraging words for the work that
Sydney Walker, the Getty Center for Education, and I are doing
regarding the teaching of contemporary art.
You raise a very important point in your reply when you say
"Considering Sandy Skoglund's body of work..." We could turn this
into a principle for interpreting any art work: An interpretation of
a work of art that rests solely on that work of art without benefit of
knowledge of the artist's other works is intellectually risky.
Often as teachers we present a single work of art and ask
students to interpret it, putting them at an interpretive
disadvantage. This can also be a problem in a museum setting, where
only one work of art may represent an artist. Without the viewer
having a broader context of information about that art work and the
time in which it was made, the viewer is at a distinct disadvantage
in arriving with any confidence at a sound interpretation.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Getty Center for Education in the Arts