art as an experience between a viewer and the artwork

14 Jan

‎” … art should be considered an experience between a viewer and the artwork. In this way, there is nothing to interpret, nothing to decipher, nothing to “understand.”

The role of the critic, then, is to describe. What is the work doing? How is the work doing it? What happens to the work when it comes into contact with other works? And so on. Inherent in this approach is the act of participation, which requires the critic to become a part of the work by actively and creatively connecting with it.”

From Christopher Higgs’ incredibly worthy article How to Be a Critic over at HTML Giant, a journal we love.

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