Friday, February 19, 2010

Play Dumb

This is a follow-up to my blog entry of December 6, 2009, “Essence of Cow.”

New research, reported by Miller-McCune [available at],has discovered that “presenting contextual information alongside a work of modern art may be counterproductive in terms of eliciting enjoyment or appreciation.”

This finding supports my contentions in the “Essence of Cow” blog.

The Miller-McCone article sums up the research as follows:
So it appears context does matter — when it is provided via visual imagery rather than words.

In other words, shut up and let the artwork speak for itself—if it can.