December 22, 2006

ARTICLE | Wall texts in galleries

Source: The Australian
Date: 21 December 2006

Writing a caption can be an art in itself

Didactic doesn't have to mean dumbing down in art galleries, writes Rosemary Sorensen

IN the 19th century, art museums described as didactic the printed text on the gallery wall identifying a painting or sculpture. "Art was meant to enlighten the masses, improve their social behaviours," says Lynne Seear, deputy director of the Queensland Art Gallery, "so the didactic was about educating, which is probably not applicable now."

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