the quality instinct: Seeing art through a museum director's eye

the quality instinct Seeing art through a museum director s eye How do we judge what is good in art Or to the controversial point can we judge art Acclaimed museum director Maxwell Anderson newly named Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art enter

  • Title: the quality instinct: Seeing art through a museum director's eye
  • Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781933253671
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • How do we judge what is good in art Or to the controversial point, can we judge art Acclaimed museum director Maxwell Anderson, newly named Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, enters the fray with The Quality Instinct.Part personal memoir, part thinking person s guide to the museum, The Quality Instinct is filled with wit and humor, anecdotes and iHow do we judge what is good in art Or to the controversial point, can we judge art Acclaimed museum director Maxwell Anderson, newly named Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, enters the fray with The Quality Instinct.Part personal memoir, part thinking person s guide to the museum, The Quality Instinct is filled with wit and humor, anecdotes and insights from the author s 30 years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world.Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us to increase our visual literacy as we learn to see, not simply look and yes, to judge.Max Anderson has directed the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Michael C Carlos Museum prior to taking the helm of the Dallas Museum of Art in January 2012 From the Press Release

    One thought on “the quality instinct: Seeing art through a museum director's eye”

    1. Excellent, excellent, excellent. I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to read thisbut I was quite pleased with the outcome. Anderson does not tell the reader what quality is; rather, he explains what he sees, how he looks at art and artifacts, leading readers to assess for themselves what speaks to them and how to discern for themselves quality. Of course, expertise counts for something, and he bats back and forth the question of objectivity vs. subjectivity, but he leaves the ball in the [...]

    2. I'm very much enjoying this book. I'm a sucker for books by museum directors and this one is well-written, provocative and quite engaging. After taking a connoisseurship course in grad school, the whole concept of quality has become an intriguing topic for me.

    3. Wonderful intro on how one can develop a sense for art viewing. Lightly written, yet covers lots of ground. I enjoyed the ride through time, space, personal stories, and pieces of art

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