Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Hirst vs. Hogarth
article about a study conducted at the Tate Museum where some observers with stop watches timed the average view time for a sampling of modern and traditional works of art, among them works by Damien Hirst, Whistler, and Sir John Everett Millais. It worked out to an average view time of 13.5 seconds for the modern works (pickled lambs and such) and 1 minute and 49 seconds for the traditional works (oil paintings describing universal themes). Unfortunately the study doesn't take into account individuals like myself who bypass the modern wing entirely.