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The Interpretation Matters Handbook

The Interpretation Matters Handbook
Artspeak for the Public

£14.95 | $19.95
20 x 20 cm | 8 x 8 in
30 ills | 96 pages
ISBN 9781908966889

Author Dany Louise

From “radical unreality” to “leggy plasticity”, The Interpretation Matters Handbook dissects some of the most baffling examples of art lingo going, kickstarting a conversation about written interpretation practice in galleries.

A traditional and often curator-led implementation, written text in galleries is frequently misconstrued or unintentionally amusing. In contrast, these texts can also appear so simplified they become useless to their intended audience.

With the active involvement of the people who are intimately involved in the process— the curators, artists, gallery education professionals, and importantly, gallery visitors—The Interpretation Matters Handbook starts from a place that recognises there is no one single way of writing about art, and no one single audience addressed by text panels. It discusses cultural debates about the role of wall texts in galleries, and indeed, whether there should be any at all.

This aspect of gallery practice is rarely part of professional visual arts discourse. To an unusual degree, matters of written interpretation are ‘below the radar’, an in-house concern that also needs to evolve, be questioned and evaluated in the same way as other aspects of exhibition making.