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Experiencing art : in the brain of the beholder by Arthur Shimamura

By Arthur Shimamura

How can we delight in a piece of artwork? Why will we like a few works of art yet no longer others? Is there no accounting for flavor? provided a Guggenheim Fellowship to discover connections among paintings, brain, and mind, Shimamura considers how we adventure artwork. In a considerate and enjoyable demeanour, the publication explores how the mind translates artwork through enticing our sensations, concepts, and feelings. It describes fascinating findings from mental and mind sciences to be able to comprehend our aesthetic reaction to artwork.

Beauty, disgust, shock, anger, disappointment, horror, and a myriad of alternative feelings can happen as we adventure paintings. a few artistic endeavors may perhaps generate such emotions quite fast, whereas others rely on inspiration and data. Our reaction to paintings relies principally on what we know--from daily wisdom concerning the global, from our cultural backgrounds, and from own adventure. packed with works of art from many traditions and time issues, "Experiencing paintings" bargains insightful methods of broadening one's strategy and appreciation of art.

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The image is actually a high contrast picture of the head of a cow, with dark areas forming the cow’s ears, eyes, and snout. Once you know what to look for, the head is fairly easy to see. That is, knowledge guides attention and orients you to critical features that allow you to perceive. This is top-down processing as knowledge is driving sensations. Ernst Gombrich, the noted art historian, was the first to apply principles of cognitive science to our understanding of art and aesthetics. In his seminal book Art and Illusion,25 he emphasized the importance of top-down processing when we look at art.

Nelson Goodman’s Languages of Art14 and Suzanne Langer’s Art in a New Key15 characterized this new approach wherein artworks are viewed as conceptual statements or symbolic representations. If art is a language or symbol system used to describe itself, then the aesthetic value of an artwork is diminished and perhaps even eliminated. That is, meta-art becomes exceedingly close to nonfiction writing—a vehicle for transmitting a conceptual point. In this way, it is not the artwork you receive, it’s the thought that counts.

Science offers a means of analyzing the beholder’s experience, though you might ask, how could one explain in scientific terms what happens when we view a Leonardo or Picasso? Psychologists have, for over a century, analyzed the nature of perception, memory, and emotion, and now with advances in brain imaging, we can visualize the brain regions active during complex experiences. Often the complexities of our daily perceptual, conceptual, and emotional experiences are distilled in the laboratory by investigating pieces of such experiences.

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