Active Arts Participation (09-11-15)

Active participation in the arts has implications not only for the sorts of spaces needed in homes and other buildings, but also for likely responses to art, furnishings, and finishes suggested, just for starters.  Reeves has learned that active “arts participation, as a constituent part of ‘lifestyle’, is not primarily explained through social status or social class but rather through education.”  As education levels increased, people were more likely to participate actively in the arts, by painting or writing poetry, for example.  Passive participation in the arts, for example, listening

Evaluating Ambiguous Art (08-12-15)

Muth and her team wondered how ambiguous artworks are evaluated.  So they investigated:   “Although experimental research has shown people’s particular appreciation for highly familiar and prototypical objects that are fluently [easily] processed, there is increasing evidence that in the arts people often prefer ambiguous materials which are processed less fluently. . . . we empirically show that modern and contemporary ambiguous artworks evoking perceptual challenge are indeed appreciated. . . .

Authenticity and Opinions About Art (07-29-15)

Sometimes we believe artworks are originals and other times feel that they are copies or fakes.  Locher, Krupinski, and Schaefer report that “Thirty art-sophisticated and naïve adults were shown digital versions of paintings by renowned artists under 3 alleged authenticity status conditions: originals, copies, or fakes. . . . ratings for both pleasantness and artistic merit of the artworks did not differ reliably as a function of alleged authenticity status for either group of participants.”

Art Preferences and Memory (07-28-15)

No wonder it’s so difficult to select art for shared spaces!  Sherman, Grabowecky, and Suzuki asked “What shapes art appreciation? Much research has focused on the importance of visual features themselves (e.g., symmetry, natural scene statistics) and of the viewer’s experience and expertise with specific artworks. However, even after taking these factors into account, there are considerable individual differences in art preferences.


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