READING a PAINTING

Artists almost always want the viewer to DO something when looking at a piece - to start somewhere and move in designated directions and speeds - making connections between parts of the painting and between the images and the real world. Viewers have an obligation to invest themselves in not simply looking at a work of art but in interacting with it. The viewer must bring something to the work and invest themselves in it. The responsibility for creating meaning in the work of art does not reside solely with the artist; it is a collaboration between the viewer and the artists. Therefore, the meaning of a work varies with viewers, their biases, experiences and motivations.

I. Getting into it

II. Piece by Piece

III. Description

IV. Analysis

V. Interpretation