Text/authors: Janneke Wesseling  .. buy book

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What happens between a spectator and an art work? How do we experience ‘meaning’ in a work of art? How can the process of interpretation be understood and articulated? To address these questions, the author explores the field of reception aesthetics, with its central premise that the contemplation of art is a matter of interaction between the art work and the observer. more
Janneke Wesseling has worked as an art critic for the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad from 1982 to the present. She has published several studies on contemporary art and artistic research. Wesseling is co-director of PhDArts, at the Academy of
Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University, and Professor and head of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice at the University of the Arts, The Hague. more
Selection of Wesseling's publications:
Alles was mooi, Een geschiedenis van de Nulbeweging, Amsterdam: Meulenhoff/Landshoff, 1989.
Schoonhoven, beeldend kunstenaar, Den Haag [etc.], SDU uitgeverij/Openbaar Kunstbezit, 1990. Het museum dat niet bestond, Amsterdam: de Bezige Bij, 2004. See it Again, Say it Again. The Artist as Researcher, red. J.C. Wesseling, Amsterdam: Valiz, 2011. back
The Perfect Spectator
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