|While visitors to the Tate Britain spent fewer than 5 seconds examining works of Modern Art, several |
museum-goers spent as long as 30 minutes regarding Sir John Everett Millais' Ophelia (above).
In the March 13th edition of the Daily Mail, author Philip Hensher writes about an experiment the British newspaper conducted at the Tate Britain. Hensher was curious to see if visitors spent less time examining traditional works of art as compared to the more highly publicized pieces of Modern Art recently added to the museum's collection, so he set about monitoring viewers as they stood before certain key artworks and recording his observations. The results, published in an article titled, "We Know What We Like, and it's Not Modern Art! How Gallery Visitors Only Viewed Work by Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin for Less than 5 Seconds," confirm what contemporary representational artists have said for years: to interest museum-goers, these institutions need to rethink their bias against realist art.
To read Henshers full article, visit the Daily Mail's website.