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Re: Re: meaning/intention

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Thu, 4 Mar 1999 20:40:41 EST

To all,
Marcia and Dave had great points. The contextual information is not required
but I have found in most situations it contributes to the understanding,
appreciation and ultimate evaluation of the work. The work was not created in
a vacuum nor a gallery and I don't think it can be understood completely in
that environment. We certainly can appreciate work based on our response and
the visual and aesthetic merits, but that does not always apply. Letting
students pick the prints they hate at the beginning of the year. Teaching
those artists and their works and reevaluating student perceptions will
quickly demonstrate the value the of contextual/historical contributions to
understanding and appreciation.