Making Sense of Art: The Relationship between Art Criticism and Visual Perception Theories
Many people experience bewilderment when exposed to the range of opinions on offer from a wide range of sources about the meanings of art works. Often these opinions are in conflict with one another, and this can lead to much confusion!
The paper recommends an examination of the theory of visual perception from which basis any particular art criticism stems, because in fact it is impossible to argue for any well-developed, coherent theory of art criticism without acknowledging its corresponding theory of perception. Three groups of visual perception theory are identified, related to corresponding positions of art criticism, and discussed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages.
Keywords: Art Criticism, Visual Perception Theories
Prof. Howard Riley
Head of School of Research, Dynevor Centre for the Arts, Swansea Metropolitan University