The Quality Instinct
Seeing Art Through A Museum Director's EyePaperback - 2012
How do we judge what is good in art? And more to the point, can we even judge art? These questions have long spawned heated conversations about objectivity, subjectivity, and qualitative judgment that span both the academic and art worlds. Acclaimed museum director Maxwell Anderson, newly named Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, enters the fray with The Quality Instinct . Part memoir, part primer on museum culture, The Quality Instinct brims with wit and humor, utilizing anecdotes and insights from the author's thirty years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world. Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us to increase our visual literacy as we learn to see and, yes, even to judge art.
Publisher: Washington, DC : AAM Press, American Association of Museums, c2012.
Characteristics: ix, 226 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Seeing art through a museum director's eye