June 29, 2006


Art + text : deconstructing the language barrier in art museums
by Jennifer Blunden
Editor, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Paper delivered at the recent Museums Australia Conference in Brisbane.

For non-arty people, the language of art is not just a bit heavy going; it can be utterly impenetrable. Why? Is it the words – too many ‘isms’, too much jargon? Is it the grammar and syntax – the way the sentences are put together? Is it the content? And when a text does seem make a meaningful connection even with the art layperson, how did that happen?

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