Looking without seeing: art appreciation edition
May 22, 2014 7:25 PM Subscribe
I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch.
posted by gemutlichkeit to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I was rather close to completing the requirements for an art/art history major in college (although officially, I majored in a science), so I do have some background. I can offer basic interpretations of a number of pieces of art I see, and as a hobby, I'll pick out a few pieces of art I liked or that stuck out in my mind (I keep a bunch of pictures of images I have seen in museums on my phone) and write an essay about them or at least read up on them. I also keep a notebook of thought-provoking passages or quotes I've read, names of contemporary artists that I liked. Every now and then, I draw out these idea-maps that connect some ideas I've been mulling over.
Still, I feel like there are lot of ideas and images that I'm utterly blind to; lots of ideas and images that I fail to retain. I also feel like much of the time in art museum is just spent looking without necessarily seeing. How do you look at art? Is there a way that one is "supposed" to go through an art museum, gallery, or even an online portfolio? What strategies do you use to get the most out of your art museum visits, the books you read, and the films you watch? Are there any questions you like to ask yourself while reading or looking at art? Any essays or passages on art appreciation that you would like to share?
Previously: art history for a total beginner