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Finding Information at the Art Gallery
If you have been asked to analyse or interpret a single work of art, remember that you are encountering it in the context of other art, in an exhibition. An exhibition is as much a system of representation as a work of art. Consider how your chosen work interacts with other works of art in the room, and with aspects of life outside the exhibition.
Are you interested in a particular motif, such as a word, colour, shape, or image? Is it repeated or echoed in several works of art in the exhibition? How does this affect your interpretation?
The materials, size, colour and form of the work of art all influence the way in which you interpret it. Pay attention to the ways in which the artist presents her ideas. A painted portrait has a different effect from a photographic portrait. An image printed on paper and framed means something different from the same image printed on a T-shirt.