The pleasure of beholding: the visitor's museum
In The Pleasure of Beholding, Eulaia Bosch proposes to look "aloud" at art and the experience of visiting a museum. Drawing both from the history of aesthetics and from her own empirical experience as a museum curator and teacher, Bosch leads her readers through a series of mediations on the questions that we ask ourselves -- implicitly and explicitly -- when we behold a work of art. The questions she articulates range from philosophical inquiries into the nature of creativity and perception to paradoxical encounters with particular art works as well as museum installations. "Why, " she asks, for example, "is it so difficult to keep our eyes on a morally intolerable image? Why is it so easy to keep our eyes on an image that carries an implicit message of well-being?" And in a wonderful chapter on children's experience of art and museums entitled "Contemporary Art is Also for Contemporary People, " she calls into question assumptions about how young people look at art and encourages parents andeducators to engage children's natural curiosity: "Children can leave questions unanswered for a longer time than adults can without feeling awkward, " as she remarks. Throughout the book, in thoughtful, jargon-free prose, Bosch moves freely from ancient tribal statues to Van Eyck paintings to contemporary performance pieces in choosing her examples, all the while asking us to think through some of the big questions about art and life along with her. This is one of those rare books that engages both the everyday museum-goer and the serious art student and museum professional.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
adults art galleries artists attention Barcelona become begin blackboard Bobby McFerrin catalogue colours contemplation contemporary art context Conversation created dark dialogue discover Dowayo drawing elements empty space enables engaged viewer entails environment everything exhibition space exist experience expression eyes face feel gaze Gilbert and George happens human ideas images initial inner inside intellectual interpretation intuition Jannis Kounellis Jaume Plensa Javier Mariscal John Cage Jorge Oteiza knowledge landscape language of art lead light lives look aloud Magic Box Matthew Lipman means Miquel Miquel Barcelo museum-goers museums Mystery Creatures object one's oneself ourselves painting path perception Perejaume Perhaps philosophy piece pleasure of beholding possible present questions reality recognise relationship sculpture sensations sense shape silence sometimes story surprise talk things understand unique visitors visual Walter de Maria wonder words