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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Didij
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 22:13:20 -0400
In response to Eileen's comment that knowledge is necessary to judge and
often to even like a work of art, I would like to add some thoughts. Even a
very novice viewer will have preferences, most often toward the familiar,
such as portraits or landscapes, or even black velvet paintings. This is a
comfort zone, because it is easy for them to understand. Knowledge (and
changes in prefence) comes with exposure, and exposure comes from continued
experiences viewing art. With a small amount of experience, judgements or
evaluations begin to form because the viewer has a minor frame of reference
from which to judge. It's OK for beginners to just look, without all the
background information. When they're ready, they'll want answers!
Ayers Ryalside School