Reflections on how to look at art

Good basic intro to elements of art from Getty Museum

Looking at art and sometimes listening or touching art, how do I know what to look at or what to look for. It seems the first response is important and should be noted. Then there are many other aspects. According to Art History pp46-47 :

  • materiality, use of medium
  • composition and stylistic features
  • what engages interest – narrative, mimesis
  • appearance

Then there is also the emotional response, perhaps understanding the artist’s motivation for creating the piece as well as being interested in how the piece was created, particularly with installation art such as pieces by  Hirst and Paterson.


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