Aesthetic Assessments (07-22-20)

Specker and colleagues evaluated the implications of an artwork’s context.  They report that their work was “conducted in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. . . . We used an impressionist artwork of waterlilies by Monet, placed within both a temporary exhibition—meant to highlight his revolutionary anticipation of abstraction—and within a permanent exhibition of other impressionistic pieces not highlighting deviance. Results showed that the artist was indeed considered more influential in the temporary exhibition. These findings provide quantification for how curatorial narratives can change whether and when artists are considered influential.”

Eva Specker, Eftychia Stamkou, Matthew Pelowski, and Helmut Leder.  “Radically Revolutionary or Pretty Flowers?  The Impact of Curatorial Narrative of Artistic Deviance on Perceived Artist Influence.”  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, in press, https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000320