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LOUISE HARVILLA wrote:
> I just stood in front of a Motherwell with friends at the Cleveland Art
> Museum. <snip>. They
> wanted insight I could not provide. <snip> I cannot appreciate Rothko either, so maybe I'll never
> understand minimalist art.
Even if you're not as knowledgeable as you would like to be, you could
still gain some insight and influence your friends by conducting an
aesthetic scanning a la Broudy (or use Feldman's technique; they're
pretty close, just with different buzzwords). You would all be able to
recognize the sensory properties. Your background in art would let you
identify the formal and technical properties. From there you would
begin to at least understand how the painting was composed, if not the
I tell my students not to worry too much about trying to figure out an
artist's motives, as even professional art historians have to make
educated guesses in the absence of an artist's specific statement about
the work. _I_ have to make educated guesses, too, but I try to let the
students see _how_ I've come to that conclusion.
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