Art, Scholarship, Community: Experiences of Viewing

  • Alice Eden History of Art Department, University of Warwick

Abstract

This critical reflection originated in a visit to the ‘Artists and Academics’ exhibition held at Fargo Creative Village, Coventry, 26 November 2016. My thoughts about the exhibition have served as a springboard to consider ideas of scholarship, art and community more broadly. I use my research on British artists from the early twentieth century, their ideas about the processes of viewing art and the spiritual in art, to discuss examples in the exhibition. I conclude by considering how this collaborative event can bring academic ideas into conversation with artworks. I suggest that the resulting exchanges may enable viewers to think differently about art and scholarship as well as enrich academic practice.

 

Author Biography

Alice Eden, History of Art Department, University of Warwick

Early Career Fellow

The Institute of Advanced Study

References

Unpublished:
Eden, Alice, (2016), ‘Women, representation and the spiritual in the paintings of Thomas Cooper Gotch, Robert Anning Bell and Frederick Cayley Robinson’, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Warwick

Gotch, Thomas Cooper, (1919), ‘Revolution in Art’, transcript of lecture, Tate Archive, London: TGA 9019/2/6/37-38

Gotch, Thomas Cooper, 'Phases of Art: Past', (19th April, 1898), transcript of lecture, Tate Archive, London: TGA 9019/2/6/2-12, TGA 9019/2/6: Writings and Papers

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Secondary:
Borzello, Frances, (1987), Civilising Caliban: The Misuse of Art 1875-1980, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul

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Published
2017-04-30
How to Cite
EDEN, Alice. Art, Scholarship, Community: Experiences of Viewing. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 232-243, apr. 2017. ISSN 2053-9665. Available at: <http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/article/view/162>. Date accessed: 18 nov. 2017.
Section
Collaboration

Keywords

art; community; viewing; collaboration; inter-disciplinarity; public engagement; spirituality; emotion; art; community; viewing; collaboration; inter-disciplinarity