Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How Long Does it Take to Look at a Painting?

There are many series geared towards beginning to look and think seriously about painting and drawing floating around these days. I've already posted about James Mcmullan's Line by Line Series in the New York Times. Art Critic and Historian James Elkins also has a new series on the Huffington Post which deals specifically with how to look at painting in a more nuanced and informed manner. The first in the series, How to Look at Mondrian, deconstructs a Mondrian painting down to its core. The newest article, How Long Does it Take to Look at a Painting?, explores what paintings can reveal to us over long periods of time. I recommend these articles to any beginning drawing students.