Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art, the public and context...

I came across this post, at Artful Manager blog, concerning two interesting experiments, one with musician Joshua Bell and the other with Luc Tuymans, each taken out of their normal contexts to see how the public would react. Having recently come back from exhibiting at the Artist Projects, a section of Art Chicago, where I had mixed feelings about whether I considered it a successful venture for me personally or not, I felt that this particular post on context was something that really struck home for me and something that we all need to consider both as audiences to art and purveyors of art.

For ease of navigating the two main links that Artful Manager directs people too are here and here.

Context is something that I think most artists and arts professionals do consider, some more than others but when it comes to art and the public realm, we all may need to consider it even more. The context in which we experience art is becoming ever more important considering we are all bombarded with images, slogans, music, and sound bites on a daily basis. How are we in the arts to compete, or rather, break through all this chaos in order to entice and inspire the public?

2 Responses to “Art, the public and context...”

Jessica said...
May 16, 2008 at 1:43 PM

I find the disconnect between the museum staff's estimates and the actual viewership fascinating.

diong said...
May 19, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I enjoyed reading the Joshua Bell experiment from a while back. Another good "experiment" was when someone posted a picture of HCB at Flickr to be criticized, be sure to read the comments.

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