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Art, I don't get it

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

What should you do when you get frustrated because you just don't get it

1) educate yourself

I'm pretty bad at doing this. But thankfully museums know this about people and they provide a lot of educational materials so you can appreciate what they are showing you. Sometimes a gallery show will do this too. However, at gallery shows sometimes the artists don't want to tell you. They want you to see.

Thankfully google is in our pockets. You can google the gallery and the artist(s). Somewhere there will be an artist statement or an artist bio which will tell you a little about what you're looking at.

If you don't educate yourself you won't see that urinal as the statement that it was.

2) let it go

Each piece of art was not created for you. Artists often do not create to be liked. Even when the work is aesthetically pleasing it will not always appeal to everyone, nor should it.

But you don't have to the judge. It's freeing. Learn to recognize when art might just not be for you.