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The art of looking at art

Panel discussion


● Fully booked

Friday 20 October 2017
6.30 — 7.45pm

Part of our

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’

events programme
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Cathie Pilkington RA, Northern Landscape, 2014.

Patinated bronze and synthetic wig.

Our panel, artist Cathie Pilkington RA, Gill Hart (National Gallery) and Kirsteen McSwein (Tate), chaired by 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? Taking the Johns exhibition as a starting point, this discussion explores more widely the question of how we view and interpret 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 artist Cathie Pilkington RA, Gill Hart, Head of Education at the National Gallery, and Kirsteen McSwein, Curator, Interpretation at Tate, explore the significance of the artist’s intention, the role of interpretation and how we draw meaning when viewing visual art. The event will be chaired by Reader in Museology at UAL Dr David Dibosa.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 20 October 2017

6.30 — 7.45pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£12, £6 concessions.