Changing methods of Interpretation: Barnett Newman’s ‘The Wild’

This article examines in what ways and for what reasons have established approaches to the interpretation of works of art been challenged since the 1970s? The article will focus on Barnett Newman’s 1950 work, The wild, and will compare two essays, firstly by Lisa Frye Ashe, and then by Michael Schreyach. The ‘beholders involvement’ is […]

The Glassford Family Portrait and Cultural Value

John Glassford of Dougalston (1715–1783) was one of the wealthiest merchants of his time, trading principally in tobacco.[1]Glassford also invested in tanneries, dye works, operated a chain of stores in Virginia where he sold iron and metal tools; large quantities of cotton fabrics of low to medium quality to make clothing for planation workers

Artistic Genius? Jasper Johns’ Flag (1954)

In Critique of Judgement, Emmanuelle Kant argued the case for the artistic genius;[1]which is defined as a member of society with God-given talent, almost always male,[2]whose unacceptable behaviour may at times be excused, but who otherwise exhibits an extraordinary creative gift.[3] This article will reflect on two texts that discuss this concept of artistic genius in relation […]