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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Wed, 3 Mar 1999 03:32:49 -0500

Betty raises a good point when she points out that often meaning attaches
to a body of work rather than a single work. This is why we often have to
look at others works (both the artists and his/her colleagues, compatriots,
people who have influenced them, etc) to get at a fuller interpretation.
In answer to the question whether knowing what something is about enhances
my experience, the answer is a definite yes. Of course, sometimes I marvel
at the shapes, colors, balance, etc. that an artist achieves, but I also
find that when I am told why the artist did what he or she did that I see
more---and thus have a richer experience. For example, at the Cobra Museum
in Amsterdam, just learning that the name of the museum came from the name
of the artists who formed an association to stimulate art after World War
II in countries that had been occupied by the Germans (Cobra=Copenhagen,
Brussels, Amsterda) made a difference as I walked through the galleries.
Of course it isn't just knowledge about artistic intentions that can
enhance experience. Knowing something about technique, which of course is
what art educators are expert in, can make a difference. I am currently
reading a book about the switch from using tempura to oil and I am simply
seeing things I have never noticed. Isn't this the point of education?

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