Aesthetic judgement of paintings hung wrong-way-up

It’s alleged that even the most prestigious art galleries sometimes hang artist’s work the wrong way up. But very little scientific research has addressed the issue of whether the public-at-large can correctly guess whether a modern art painting is the right way up or not.  Prompting George Mather, who is Professor of Vision Science, School […]

What is theoretical research? A perplexing read.

Read this passage from “Two Lines of Sight and An Unexpected Connection: The Art of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison” by Arlene Raven (published in High Performance magazine, Winter 1987). Maybe you won’t find it confusing, maybe: The work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison [pictured here] consists of deceptively simple solutions to complex ecological problems. Their […]

Today is Riddle of a Riddle Day

Today, which we proclaim to be Riddle of a Riddle Day, we celebrate scholarly works titled “Riddle of a Riddle”. Well, we celebrate one of them, as it may be the only one there is: “The Riddle of a Riddle,” Ivan Gaskell, Contemporary Aesthetics, March 8, 2008. The author, at Harvard University, writes: ABSTRACT: This paper examines […]

Insects in Rock and Roll Cover Art

Professor Joseph R. Coelho (Biology Program, Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois) has written about more than just “Noninsect Arthropods in Popular Music“. He has compiled information about insects depicted in the packaging of that music. Investigator Jim Cowdery alerts us to Coelho’s study: “Insects in Rock and Roll Cover Art,” Joseph R. Coelho, American Entomologist, vol. 50, no. […]

Art | Rubbish | Art

How can art be created from rubbish? Several explanations are provided in Yao-Kun Lee’s Master’s Thesis (2010) for the National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan : “The seal of secondary rubbish, The Art of junk” “This is a study on how to create arts by using of discarded materials. The researcher cares about the problems […]

Avian art appreciation advances

Professor Shigeru Watanabe and colleagues at Keio University, Japan, were the joint winners of the 1995 Ig Nobel psychology prize for their success in training pigeons to discriminate between the paintings of Picasso and those of Monet. Now professor Watanabe, presently Project Leader for Keio University’s Centre for Advanced Research on Logic and Sensibility has […]

Neurosurgeon/poet slices up Dali

Dr. Michael Salcman [click on the image here to see him read his poem “Envy”], a neurosurgeon and published poet (his work has been reviewed in the journal Rattle and in Wikipedia) in Baltimore, Maryland, performed surgery on artist Salvador Dali, at least in print: “Raphaelesque Head Exploding, Salvador Dali,” Michael Salcman, Neurosurgery, Volume 38(1), […]