Ben Street: How to Enjoy Art
'Every painting has the potential to have a different meaning depending upon who's looking at it. And that is the joy of looking at art.' --- Ben Street
Art historian Ben Street takes us on a tour of The National Gallery, London, looking at masterworks in the collection by Carlo Crivelli, Hans Memling and Édouard Manet. Rather than using specialist insight to read and decipher the works, Street focuses on a physical encounter with the paintings --- arguing that anyone can find value and enjoyment in art without needing to know an abundance of extra historical information.'Every painting has the potential to have a different meaning depending upon who's looking at it. And that is the joy of looking at art.' --- Ben Street.
Ben Street is an art historian, lecturer and educator based in London. He is the author of numerous books on art for general audiences, including "How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone" (Yale University Press, 2021) and a children's book, "How to be an Art Rebel" (Thames and Hudson, 2021). Ben has worked as an educator and lecturer for many museums, including the National Gallery, Tate and the Royal Academy in London, and MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.y, arts and museum strategy, and digital initiatives, as well as launching her own cultural education projects. Her books include Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power (2016) and Michelangelo The Taddei Tondo (2017).Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959, Barbados, West Indies; lives and works in Bali, Indonesia) was an original member of a group of artists known as Neo-Geo, which emerged in New York during the 1980s. In 1993, he left New York for Bali, Indonesia, where his work took on a distinct tropical exoticism often in sharp contrast to his Neo-Geo work, which was an abstract and geometric exploration of consumerism and industrialisation. However, Bickerton's investigation of materiality remained a consistent thread throughout his practice. Often blurring the boundaries between media, genre, and subject (photography and sculpture; portraiture and landscape; realism and fantasy), he challenges the parameters of art making, calling into question the value and significance of the art object itself.
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