Text/authors: Janneke Wesseling
isbn: 978-90-808185-0-7   ..  € 25,00  .. buy book


The Perfect Spectator examines how the art work works and how it has meaning, rather than what it shows and what it means.

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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
vis-à-vis series
The vis-à-vis series provides a platform to stimulating and relevant subjects in recent and emerging visual arts, architecture and design. The authors relate to history and art history, to other authors, to recent topics and to the reader. Most are academic researchers. What binds them is a visual way of thinking, an undaunted treatment of the subject matter and a skillful, creative style of writing. Series design by Sam de Groot. Formerly published: Sophie Berrebi, The Shape of Evidence, and Janneke Wesseling, Of Sponge, Stone and the Intertwinement with the Here and Now back
The Perfect Spectator — The Experience of the Art Work and Reception Aesthetics
Graphic design: Sam de Groot .. ca. 320 pp. .. English .. supported by the the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.. published by Valiz