New research, reported by Miller-McCune [available at http://www.miller-mccune.com/carousel/for-contemporary-art-context-is-counterproductive-9220/],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.