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Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0 London, United Kingdom
Our panel, artist Cathie Pilkington RA and Gill Hart, Head of Education at the National Gallery chaired by Reader in Museology at UAL Dr David Dibosa, question how much context and knowledge is needed to appreciate art and discuss how art is interpreted.
With his representation of familiar objects and icons, Jasper Johns invites viewers to rethink how they see art. Johns’s work encourages us to draw on our own experiences and perception to shape the meaning that we assign to a work of art. Where the emphasis is on us to bring meaning to a work, how much information do we need to understand or appreciate a work of art? Where a work of art has a narrative, would our experience of it be enhanced by having more knowledge or are our senses enough? Where art is explained, who is the author of that interpretation and how are they directing us in how we view art? Is it the role of the artist to explain their work?
In this discussion we explore the significance of the artist’s intention, the role of interpretation and how we draw meaning when viewing visual art.
£12 full price
Cover Image: Cathie Pilkington, Northern Landscape 2014. Patinated bronze and synthetic wig 21x41330cm